Clashes in Jerusalem

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Bismillah

Clashes took place between protestors and Israeli police and military in Jerusalem, in the early hours of Friday morning (25th July).

Locals gathered for the auspicious night of the 27th of Ramadan at the Al Aqsa masjid (mosque). Tensions were exacerbated by Israeli guards preventing any men under 50 from entering. Despite the restrictions many young men were already within the holy precinct.

After evening prayer had finished, stones were thrown at guards and within a few hours large groups had gathered to shout chants and join in with stone throwing. Israeli police and military used stun/flash grenades and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.

Some protestors were able to wrestle riot shields and other equipment away from guards.

Many had to be carried away on stretchers due to injuries sustained from rubber bullets.

The protests were in anger at the ongoing conflict in Gaza which has so far taken over 800 lives, 70% (at least) have been civilians.

Police and soldier presence remains high even after situation calmed.

Image (taken by myself, Jubair Khan 2014) shows a gathering of women chanting from the steps of the Dome of the Rock.

 

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