A security guard and a policewoman were wounded Friday evening in two separate incidents in Jerusalem. Earlier, six Palestinians were wounded in clashes in the West Bank.
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The female Border Police officer was wounded in East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood when a crowd threw stones and fired firecrackers at security forces. She was taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus, for treatment. Security forces dispersed protesters using crowd dispersal methods.
In a separate incident, two Arab assailants attacked a security guard in Jerusalem's Mamilla Mall with a bottle, and the guard was taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem with light to moderate wounds. The circumstances of the attack are still not clear. Police are looking for the two attackers and are investigating the incident.
Earlier on Friday, Palestinians at Beit Merkahat Junction near Hebron threw stones, firebombs and burnt tires, and four were lightly wounded by 0.22 caliber bullets. In Hawara near Nablus, meanwhile, two Palestinians were lightly wounded, one from a 0.22 caliber bullet, and the other from a rubber bullet. According to the Israel Defense Forces, around 30 people had gathered there and were throwing stones.
In Kafr Qaddum, also in the West Bank, around 100 Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers who fired stun and tear gas grenades. Clashes also took place in Beit Omar and Jilzun.
Calm Friday prayers, clashes in Qalandiya
Following weeks of clashes, afternoon prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem passed without incident. In the vicinity of the Qalandiya checkpoint, however, fierce clashes broke out in the afternoon between hundreds of Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces, as Palestinian activist movements organized processions entitled, "[We’re] Going to Jerusalem."
According to Palestinian reports, the clashes began when two processions approached the checkpoint and were met with tear gas and other riot control measures. The Palestinians responded by throwing stones and empty bottles. A number of Palestinian youths succeeded in crossing a section of the separation barrier near Qalandiya on Friday morning and arriving at Atarot Airport, the reports said. Another large procession took place in the area of Hizmeh, where youths raised Palestinian flags.
Dozens of Palestinian youths also reportedly managed to reach the entrance to Ma'aleh Adumim, and another similarly-sized group held Friday Muslim prayers on the roads leading to Jerusalem.
Salah al-Hawaja, coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committees, said: "We managed to reach Jerusalem and the (Atarot) landing strip after which we used wooden ladders and hoisted the Palestinian flag inside. We didn’t manage to reach inside Jerusalem after Israel brought large forces to the checkpoints and central roads.”
Al-Hawaja added that, “We are talking of a protest activity aimed at breaking the siege of Jerusalem and to clash with the occupation forces. We are saying that there are no other options for Palestinians aside from a popular struggle. We will continue this struggle, and, just as the world celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall, it will also celebrate with us the fall of the wall that Israel has built around Jerusalem."
Earlier Friday, Public Security Ministry Yitzhak Aharonovitch visited Kafr Kana for the first time since the death of Khayr al-Din Hamdan there last week, and called on people to calm tensions.
Some 1,500 people took part in a protest march in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm south-east of Haifa, in wake of the youth's death and the recent tensions and unrest in Jerusalem.