Sixteen Palestinians held after Jerusalem clashes: Police

Sixteen Palestinians have been detained in connection with clashes in east Jerusalem.

Jerusalem: Sixteen Palestinians have been
detained in connection with clashes in east Jerusalem, police
said on Friday.

"We have arrested 16 residents, suspected of
participating or organising the violence," Jerusalem police
spokesman Shmulik Ben Rubi said.

Two local leaders of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas`
Fatah were among those who were detained, the faction said in
a statement.

Fatah vowed it would "continue fighting to protect the
population" against Israeli settlers.

Stone-throwing youths clashed with Israeli police in Arab
east Jerusalem yesterday after a Jewish settlement guard shot
dead a Palestinian.

There were again isolated clashes today, and police
barred men under the age of 50 from joining Friday Muslim
prayers at the flashpoint Al Aqsa mosque compound, which is
known to the Jews as the Temple Mount and is holy to both
religions.

The Israeli military already had imposed a 10-day closure
of the West Bank as Jews celebrate the festival of Sukkot.

Such closures are routinely imposed during Jewish and
Israeli national holidays when large numbers of people often
gather in public places, heightening Israeli security
concerns.

PTI

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