Fifteen Civilians Arrested as Troops Attack Protesters in Jerusalem

PNN – Palestine News Network –  13.05.11 – 18:42

Jerusalem – PNN – fifteen Palestinian civilians were arrested on Friday at least lightly injured during clashes between protesters and Israeli forces at a number of locations in east Jerusalem.

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Palestinian sources reported clashes in Jerusalem’s old city, Shofat refugee camp, Damascus gate, and Al Salam neighborhood near the old city. According to the sources the heaviest clashes took place near Qalndya checkpoint separating the central West Bank city of Ramallah from Jerusalem.

Witnesses said that soldiers fired tear gas and sound bombs and later fired live rounds at protesters who tried to cross Qalndya into Jerusalem during an activity marking the 63 anniversary of the Nakba.

Since the early hours of Friday morning Israel bushed more troops into the old city and looked down the old city fearing Nakba commemoration protests. Residents said that soldiers did not allow Palestinian men under the age of 45 to enter the old city.

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