Palestinian dies in fighting over Jerusalem (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 02/24/12)
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A Palestinian wounded by Israeli army gunfire on the outskirts of
Jerusalem died in hospital on Friday night after a day of clashes in
and around the holy city, medics said.
Ramallah hospital emergency room staff said that Tareq Arumi, 23, was
hit in a clash with troops during the afternoon in protests in the
West Bank neighbourhood of Al-Ram, adjacent to Israeli-annexed east
Palestinians said that the Al-Ram unrest broke out as stone-throwers
battled Israeli police at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in
Jerusalem´s Old City and neighbouring districts.
The army said that first reports indicated that a soldier opened fire
with live ammunition, hitting Arumi in the shoulder.
"An initial investigation suggests that a Palestinian man fired
fireworks at soldiers from several metres (yards) away, putting the
soldiers´ lives in danger," a spokesman said.
"The soldier responded by firing, injuring the Palestinian in his
At Al-Aqsa there were clashes between riot police and "hundreds" of
Palestinian stone-throwers, police said.
Police said they used stun grenades to disperse the demonstrators and
that four people had been arrested and 11 officers were "lightly
injured from stones."
They said that another Palestinian was arrested at the nearby east
Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya during stone-throwing at police
In the Gaza town of Khan Yunis, thousands of Palestinians also
marched in support of Palestinian sovereignty in Jerusalem, over
which Israel claims sole dominion while the Palestinians claim the
mainly Arab east for the capital of a Palestinian state.
The Al-Aqsa plaza is one of the most sensitive places in the Middle
It is referred to by Muslims as Haram Al-Sharif and considered the
third holiest site in Islam, while it is known to Jews as the Temple
Mount and is revered as Judaism´s most sacred site.
Witnesses told AFP police had also fired tear gas, forcing a number
of women to run for cover inside the adjacent Dome of the Rock.
"We were praying when they started shooting tear gas towards us," 58-
year-old Umm Mohammad told AFP by telephone from inside the Dome of
"At first, they were shooting at the Al-Aqsa mosque but we hid in the
Dome of the Rock, and now they have started firing tear gas and sound
bombs towards the gates," she said.
"Women were terrified and screaming at first, but we got over it and
started shouting ´Allahu Akbar´ (God is greatest)," she said.
The clashes followed nearly a week of unrest at the walled complex.
On Sunday, police used tear gas to disperse Palestinians who were
throwing stones inside the compound, arresting 18 people.
Similar clashes erupted on Tuesday when two people were arrested
after protesters hurled stones and shoes at police escorting Jewish
and Christian visitors, leaving one officer slightly injured, police
And on Thursday, police arrested seven Palestinians for shouting
insults at a group of Jews touring the site, fearing the
confrontations would lead to further clashes. (Copyright © 2012
Agence France Presse. 02/24/12)
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