Israeli Forces Detain 17 in Jerusalem Clashes

Israeli forces detained 17 Palestinians in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening during renewed clashes following a day of unrest.

Earlier, Israeli police used stun grenades as a crowd of about 400 people gathered near the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to an AFP photographer.

For the second time in a week, Israel restricted access to the compound for Palestinians while 100 Israelis were given access.

Late Wednesday, clashes continued in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of al-Issawiya, Jabal al-Mukaber, and alleyways of the Old City.

Seven Palestinians were injured in al-Issawiya as Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

Four children were detained for allegedly throwing stones.

In Jabal al-Mukaber, Israeli forces detained Islam Ayman Salim Ewisat, 12, and another unidentified youth.

In the Old City, police detained five teenagers.

Earlier, police detained seven Palestinians during a sit-in protest in Wadi al-Joz.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is sensitive for Palestinians due to its status as the third holiest site in Islam and its location in the heart of the Old City of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its “eternal, undivided capital,” but the international community sees East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory and the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, referred to by Jews as the Temple Mount, is also the holiest site in Judaism.

(Ma’an – www.maannews.net)

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