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Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces spread to Palestinian towns in Israel

By Cath And - October 07, 2015
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Jaffa] [Palestinian in Israel] [protests]

Violent clashes which have been taking place between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since Saturday have spread into predominantly Palestinian regions of Israel, with rallies taking place in Shfaram, Nazareth, Baqa al-Gharbiya, Tayibe, and Jaffa.

Ma’an News Agency reports that hundreds of Palestinians took part in a rally in the centre of Jaffa on Tuesday in protest of entrance restrictions at Al Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem.

On Sunday, the Israeli army announced the closure of the Old City for at least two days for everyone apart from Israeli citizens, residents of the area, tourists, business people and students of the Old City.

The army also prevented male worshippers under 50 years old from entering Al Aqsa mosque.

The Times of Israel reports that Isaac Herzog, head of the Zionist Union in the Knesset, responded to the rallies in Jaffa, stating, “the Jaffa riots are very serious, and must be condemned outright. They are another example of Netanyahu’s loss of control and of the deterioration in personal security.”

He continued, “we have to change this reality. Netanyahu is weak and cannot protect the security of Israel’s citizens.”

Thousands of protesters gathered at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence Monday demanding increased security in Israel and the West Bank after four Israelis have been killed in the past week.

On Tuesday night, police announced that the ban on entry to the Old City would be lifted, and no restrictions to Al Aqsa mosque would be in place.

The Arab youth movement in Israel has urged Israeli Arab schools to go on strike to protest the entrance restrictions at Al Aqsa, The Times of Israel reports.  

Over 600 Palestinians have been injured in the clashes which have been taking place in the West Bank and Jerusalem since Saturday, and two Palestinian teenagers have been shot and killed by Israeli forces.



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