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Clashes at Damascus Gate
Monday, August 13, 2012 | 01:21
Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) —

Three young Palestinian girls were injured, and another three arrested, by Israeli police forces at Damascus Gate on Saturday 4 August.

Eyewitnesses state that confrontations erupted when Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian child during an argument between him and an Israeli settler at Damascus Gate to Jerusalem’s Old City. When the settler tried to hit the child, on-lookers attempted to intervene, prompting Israeli forces to step in. A physical fight then broke out, with more Israeli special forces arriving and beating local Palestinians trying to protect the child, with clashes extending to Salah al-Din Street of East Jerusalem.

Witnesses report that an Israeli soldier was removed by paramedics when he was hit in the head with a stone. An Israeli settler and several young Palestinian men were also injured when they were assaulted. One man broke his leg while attempting to jump from a high wall.

Confrontations broke out several hours later when stones were thrown at an Israeli Eged bus and a Red Star of David ambulance, with the Damascus Gate roundabout shut down for a period of time.

Israeli police stated that five Israeli bus passengers were treated for their injuries at hospital.

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