Clashes erupt between Palestinians and police near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, as rare daytime violence at the flashpoint area continues.
Police say Palestinians hurled stones at passing buses, shattering windows. In videos from the scene, police can be seen throwing stun grenades and tear gas canisters at Palestinians gathered at the site. They say 10 people were arrested.
Violent clashes between police and Palestinians at Damascus Gate played a key role in the escalation of violence leading up the 11-day war between Israel and Gaza terror groups in May. In recent weeks, tensions have risen again at the scene: Police say they have arrested dozens of alleged rioters over the past few weeks during repeated rounds of clashes.
תיעוד: ערבים יידו אבנים על אוטובוס של אגד ברחוב סולטאן סולימאן בירושלים. מהמשטרה נמסר כי נעצרו 11 חשודים במעורבות ביידוי אבנים על אוטובוסים והפרת סדר באזור שער שכם@VeredPelman @SuleimanMas1 pic.twitter.com/RxVLM0d7Q9
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Palestinian media reports charge that Israeli police instigated the incidents. Footage from recent scuffles at Damascus Gate appears to show some police violence, including one incident in which a policeman struck a Palestinian teenager with a club for no evident reason.