by: Haim Goldich, Asaf Zagrizak
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 | Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City in some of the worst violence the capital has seen since the Gaza war in May.
Police said Palestinians hurled stones at passing vehicles, shattering windows. No injuries were reported.
Israel Police officers, alongside Border Police forces, used riot control measures in an attempt to quell the unrest. Police reported that at least 22 people have been arrested for allegedly taking part in the disturbances.
The clashes, which came after days of smaller skirmishes between Israeli forces and Palestinians, erupted shortly after thousands marched through east Jerusalem in honor of the birthday of Islam’s founder, prophet Muhammad, according to Muslim tradition, led by local activists of the Fatah [leading secular Palestinian political party] movement.
Police told students from the nearby Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva [religious school], who were passing through the capital’s Old City, to take an alternative route around the area, calling the situation there “life threatening.”
Violent clashes between police and Palestinians in the area played a key role in the escalation of tensions in the run-up to the 11-day war between Israel and Gaza Strip terrorist factions in May.
On Monday, transit bus company Egged [was] ordered to reroute all its buses away from the area due to the ongoing unrest, which has seen Palestinians throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at the police.
Posted on October 20, 2021
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