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Palestinians, Israel police clash at Jerusalem Old City gate

A peace activist is evaluated by Israeli police from outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 24, as far right Israeli supporters demonstrate to commemorate the Jerusalem Day, marking the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City following its capture in the Six-Day War of 1967. (AFP)

Clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces on Wednesday as Israeli demonstrators marched through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s capture of the city’s eastern half. Several dozen young Israeli men, some holding Israeli flags, marched toward the Old City’s Damascus Gate on their way to the Western Wall when they encountered a group of Palestinian protesters.

Israeli forces moved in, and clashes ensued with the Palestinian protesters. No injuries were reported and a Palestinian man was held for questioning, a police spokesperson said. A group of left-wing Israeli protesters also attempted to prevent the marchers from entering the Old City by linking arms and blocking the entrance of the Damascus Gate.

Israeli police forcibly removed the protesters. Addressing parliament, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and Western Wall will remain under Israel’s control “forever.” Netanyahu was addressing the Knesset for a special session marking Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of Israel’s capture of the city’s eastern half, which includes Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast War. “The Temple Mount and Western Wall will remain forever under Israeli sovereignty,” Netanyahu told lawmakers, just two days after President Donald Trump visited the wall. (AP)

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