Palestinian Teen Killed in East Jerusalem


The Palestinian Health Ministry reported Friday afternoon that a 17-year-old Palestinian identified as Mohammad Sharaf has been killed in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud. Despite some reports claiming he was shot dead in a clash, the precise circumstances remain unclear.

Prior to the report, minor violent skirmishes broke out against Israeli security forces Friday afternoon in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz adjacent to Lions’ Gate, as some 3,000 Muslim worshippers concluded their prayers outside the Al-Aqsa mosque and a handful began hurling trash cans and rocks at the officers.

The clashes come on the heels of a decision to leave metal detectors outside the entrances of the Temple Mount but in the main, protestors refrained from exhibiting a mass resort to violence.

Policemen responded to those who did by employing riot dispersal techniques, including spraying them with water. While most areas remained relatively quiet, according to the police, after the prayer service finished, stones were thrown at them in certain areas, once again prompting them to respond with anti-riot techniques. One arrest was made.

So far, four policemen were lightly wounded from stones and fireworks hurled at them by rioters. The policemen were treated at the scene.

By 12pm, tensions were palpable as light clashes broke out at the Jaffa Gate between the worshippers and the security forces before being swiftly dispersed.

Near the Damascus Gate, a flashpoint of terror attacks, the atmosphere also provided a foretaste of what was expected as protesters became increasingly agitated with the arrival of public officials who immediately set about inflaming the crowds.

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SOURCE: Ynet News