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14 Palestinians arrested after Ben Gvir’s Old City protest

Police seen during clashes with protesters following a visit of right-wing Religious Zionism party lawmaker MK Itamar Ben Gvir at the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, on June 10, 2021.  (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Police seen during clashes with protesters following a visit of right-wing Religious Zionism party lawmaker MK Itamar Ben Gvir at the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, on June 10, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Fourteen Palestinians were arrested in Jerusalem after disturbances following a press conference by far right-wing MK Itamar Ben Gvir denouncing restrictions on a controversial march, police say.

Nationalist groups had been due to hold the March of the Flags on Thursday, processing through flashpoint areas of East Jerusalem that have seen repeated clashes in recent months between Israeli security forces and Palestinians.

Israeli authorities have said the march can go ahead next week if the route is changed.

Scuffles flared, as Ben Gvir, accused by police of stirring unrest in Jerusalem, spoke outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate, the site of clashes last month between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.

“The police dispersed hundreds of demonstrators at the Damascus Gate, some of them having caused disturbances to public order,” a police statement reads.

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