Ten Arrested as Police, Palestinians Clash at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate

An officer was lightly wounded, a statement from Israel Police says, as clashes erupt for second day in a row

Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
Police officers in Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on Saturday.
Police officers in Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on Saturday.Credit: AMMAR AWAD / Rueters
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Israel Police arrested ten Palestinians during clashes in Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on Sunday after they allegedly threw stones and other objects at the officers, police said in a statement.

According to the statement, an officer was lightly wounded after an object had hit his face. During the clashes police used riot-control measures to disperse the crowds.

The arrests mark the second night of confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli police, after the arrest of four Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday, the first night of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, also for allegedly throwing stones and other objects at officers.

The police spokeswoman said that overt and covert police forces are currently operating at the scene in an effort to remove instigators and rioters, and that further arrests are expected.

"Whoever chooses to disturb the order, riot and engage in violence of any kind – harms first and foremost a large public of worshipers, merchants and visitors – the vast majority of whom wished to celebrate Ramadan in peace and security while maintaining freedom of worship," she said.

In a separate statement, police also revealed that a Palestinian suspected of planning to carry out an attack was arrested on Sunday near Kafr Qasem, just inside the Green Line.

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