Five Palestinians arrested in clashes near Damascus Gate
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Five Palestinians arrested in clashes near Damascus Gate

Protest comes days after minor scuffles broke out when Jewish right-wing activists tried to enter Temple Mount

Illustrative photo of Israeli policemen detaining a Palestinian youth during a protest in Damascus Gate, Jerusalem in May 2013. (photo credit: Sliman Khader/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Israeli policemen detaining a Palestinian youth during a protest in Damascus Gate, Jerusalem in May 2013. (photo credit: Sliman Khader/Flash90)

Five Palestinians were arrested in East Jerusalem by IDF soldiers on Saturday during a protest against alleged Israeli violations at the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa mosque.

Dozens of Palestinians massed at the northern entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, and police broke up the gathering after several demonstrators hurled stones at the officers and set a garbage dumpster alight, Israel Radio reported.

According to Palestinian Ma’an News Agency, the dozens of Palestinian demonstrators who gathered near Damascus Gate were dispersed by security forces using riot control methods.

On Wednesday, low-level violence erupted as Palestinians commemorated Nakba Day, the “catastrophe” of the displacement of Palestinians associated with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

On Thursday, police announced that tourists and Israeli Jews were temporarily barred from entering Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, a day after minor scuffles broke out when 17 right-wing activists tried to enter the site.

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