East Jerusalem calm after clashes

Published September 27th, 2009 - 12:20 GMT

Israeli police forces fired stun grenades on Sunday to disperse some 150 Palestinians who hurled stones at Jews visiting an Islamic religious site in the Old City before the start of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. According to Reuters, 12 policemen were lightly hurt. Medics said they took 15 Palestinians to a hospital in occupied East Jerusalem for treatment of injuries. Police restored calm and closed the complex after the incident.


The disturbance reported hours before Yom Kippur in the al-Aqsa Mosque complex.


According to the AP, Rabah Bkirat, an official with the Islamic religious body in charge of managing the site, said some of the Palestinian protesters had come because of rumors of an "invasion" by Jewish settlers. When a group of some 15 Jews entered the grounds accompanied by police, the protesters started chanting slogans and only threw stones after police used force, he said.




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