Al Aqsa Mosque tensions spark more clashes across West Bank

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces erupts across West Bank, East Jerusalem after Israeli forces restrict Palestinians from entering Al Aqsa Mosque compound

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An Israeli border policeman fires rubber bullets at Palestinian protesters during clashes that took place because of the rising tension at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on September 29, 2015.

Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators has been reported injured on Tuesday during several clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli security forces across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The latest clashes that are taking place between the Palestinians and Israeli forces are happening in Ramallah, Bethlam and Hebron, as a result of confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound.

Jamal Zahalka, a Palestinian who was present at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday, along with Knesset members from the Arab Joint List coalition, protested the recent visits to the holy site by Jewish organisations, during which Palestinian worshippers were denied entry into the compound.

The Palestinian Knesset members also called for unity between the West Bank based Fatah party and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. "We want to see unity on the ground in order to support Al Aqsa," Zahalka said.

According to Al Jazeera, dozens of injuries were reported and at least seven people have been injured during a protest near Ramallah.

"We have no problem with Jewish visitors. We have a problem with groups that come to provoke Palestinians," Zahalka told Al Jazeera, referring to the right-wing Jewish organisations and settler groups.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, an Israeli army spokeswoman said that "Hundreds of Palestinians gathered near Ramallah" outside Beit El, a Jewish-only settlement. "A riot took place and Israeli forces responded using riot dispersal means."

"Clashes are very violent," Issa Amro, a coordinator for the local Youth Against Settlements activist group told Al Jazeera. He said that Israeli forces "are firing live ammunition at protesters" in some parts of Hebron.

On Sunday, many Jews visited the Al Aqsa Mosque compound due to the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot. 


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