Palestinians at Damascus gate clash with cops as police bar crowding in area on Ramadan

Clashes have broken out between police and Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate.

Police have barred Palestinians from congregating at the steps outside the gate in what they say will allow for a smoother flow of pedestrian traffic during the holy month of Ramadan when large numbers of Muslim worshipers visit the area.

Local residents say police are showing a lack of respect during a particularly sensitive time of year.

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