Is­rael at­tacks Pales­tinian pro­test­ers

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - Ma’an

JERUSALEM: Is­raeli forces in­jured scores of Pales­tini­ans, in­clud­ing medics, jour­nal­ists, and a 10-yearold girl on Tues­day night, as on­go­ing demon­stra­tions against new Is­raeli se­cu­rity mea­sures at al-Aqsa Mosque, were again bru­tally sup­pressed.

The vi­o­lent clashes came hours af­ter Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties re­moved metal de­tec­tors in­stalled at the mosque’s gates last week – only to re­place them with more ad­vanced surveil­lance tech­nol­ogy at the holy site and through­out the Old City of oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem.

Pales­tini­ans have main­tained their ob­jec­tion to all new se­cu­rity mea­sures, and are de­mand­ing that the sit­u­a­tion re­turn to how it was be­fore July 14, when a deadly shootout at the com­pound pro­vided an im­pe­tus for Is­rael to fur­ther im­pose its con­trol over al-Aqsa, in con­tra­ven­tion of agree­ments.

Is­raeli forces at­tacked Pales­tini­ans who were per­form­ing the Ishaa, night-time prayer in­side and out­side the walls of the Old City, as part of an on­go­ing civil dis­obe­di­ence move­ment. Is­raeli sol­diers chased thou­sands of peace­ful wor­ship­pers, in­clud­ing women, chil­dren and the el­derly, fir­ing stun grenades and tear gas.

Is­raeli po­lice pushed and beat wor­ship­pers with ba­tons in an at­tempt to dis­perse them from the Lions’ Gate en­trance to the Old City. Young Pales­tinian men then clashed with Is­raeli forces in ar­eas of oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem.

PIC­TURE: EPA

Fighters from al-Aqsa Mar­tyrs Bri­gades, the armed wing of the Pales­tinian Fatah move­ment, protest in Gaza City against se­cu­rity mea­sures at al-Aqsa mosque.

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