At least 12 Palestinians were arrested and 13 injured in clashes with Israeli police in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second Palestinian Intifada, eyewitnesses said Friday.
The Israeli army used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse Palestinian protesters who took to the streets to denounce repeated Israeli violations of the Aqsa Mosque in the holy city.
Protests swept several areas of the Old City, including Bab al-Amud, Al-Issawiya, Ras al-Amud and Gethsemane.
The worst violence, however, was seen in Abu Dis.
Eyewitnesses said that Palestinian youths managed to dig a hole through the Israeli barrier separating the Old City from other neighborhoods near Abu Dis.
Israeli forces fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
At least 13 Palestinians suffered teargas inhalation during clashes, Fatah leader Anwar Badr told Anadolu Agency.
Israeli police said 12 youths were arrested and an Israeli policeman injured.
At least ten Palestinians were also injured in clashes with Israeli army personnel in the occupied West Bank.
Four Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets near the entrance to the Jalazone refugee camp, located 7km north of Ramallah, during protests against repeated Israeli violations of the Aqsa Mosque in the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Israeli police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstration, eyewitnesses said.
Following the clashes, the Israeli army closed the northern entrance to Ramallah with concrete blocks and blocked access to vehicles, witnesses added.
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