Palestinians hurt in Ramallah clashes with Israeli forces

Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse stone-throwing Palestinians who had been protesting near a military checkpoint close to the town of Birzeit

Palestinians hurt in Ramallah clashes with Israeli forces

World Bulletin/News Desk

A number of Palestinian students were injured on Thursday when Israeli forces forcibly dispersed their protest outside Ofer Prison in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israeli troops used live ammunition, rubber bullets and teargas to disperse Palestinian students demonstrating in support of East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Seven protesters were slightly injured, while scores who suffered gas inhalation were treated on the spot, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.

Palestinian protesters hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at Israeli troops while shouting anti-Israel slogans.

Israeli police on Thursday detained a Palestinian man for allegedly attacking a security guard in East Jerusalem.

Police wrote on Twitter that a youth in his 20s had tried to attack a security guard at one of the city's light rail train stations.

Police, however, gave no details about the Palestinian's alleged attack on the Israeli guard.

Tension has run high in the West Bank since Israel closed East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last week after an extremist Jewish rabbi was injured in a shooting in West Jerusalem.

Israeli authorities reopened the Al-Aqsa on Friday following a day of violent clashes with Palestinian protesters, but barred male Muslim worshippers under 50 years old from entering the site.

Last week's closure of Al-Aqsa, along with the killing of a young Palestinian man suspected of shooting the rabbi, fueled angry protests by Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, an Israeli police officer was killed when a Palestinian driver ran over a group of Israeli pedestrians in East Jerusalem. A second Israeli later died of his injuries at hospital, while 14 others were injured in the incident.

The Palestinian motorist who ran them over, meanwhile, was shot and killed by Israeli police in the immediate wake of the attack.

In a subsequent incident on Wednesday, three Israeli soldiers were injured when a Palestinian van plowed into them near the Al-Aroub refugee camp in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The Palestinian man suspected of running over three Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron late last night has turned himself in to Israeli authorities, the Israeli army said Thursday.

"Palestinian turned himself in to security force claiming he ran over 3 soldiers yesterday near Bethlehem," the army wrote on Twitter.

"The suspect is under investigation," it added, giving no further details.

 

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