Monday, 14 September 2015

Israeli forces exchange gunfire with Gazans near border, detain 2

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday morning exchanged fire withPalestinian gun men,east of the town of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, and detained two men, witnesses told Ma'an.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers detained two Palestinians who tried to cross the border fence into Israel, then opened fire at Palestinians near the fence.

Witnesses said Israeli troops were the first to open fire at Palestinian gunmen near the border.

Palestinian gunmen who were in the area fired back at the Israeli troops, according to witnesses.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that "two suspects breached the security fence," adding that Israeli forces then "fired warning shots into the air, and the suspects were taken in for further questioning."

The spokesperson did not comment on whether fire was exchanged between the Gazans and Israeli forces outside of the alleged "warning shots." more

Clashes rock Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for second day

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces and Palestinians clashed for the second consecutive day at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, with Israeli troops firing stun grenades and rubber bullets which injured at least one Palestinian.

Israeli police said they entered the hilltop compound to ensure that Palestinian youths did not harass Jews or tourists during the morning visiting hours.

"As the police entered the compound masked youths fled inside the mosque and threw stones at the force," an Israeli police statement said.

At least three Palestinians were detained and an elderly man sustained injuries to his eye during the clashes and was transferred to hospital for treatment.

An AFP journalist outside the gate saw a Jewish visitor leaving the compound scuffle with Muslims outside.

The clashes come a day after violent confrontations at the holy site on Sunday, during which witnesses said Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself, Islam's third-holiest site, and caused damage.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound shortly after dawn prayers, firing rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades, leading to the injury of several worshipers. more