Palestinians, IDF clash at funeral for slain rioter (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 02/25/12)
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Tensions following the death of a Palestinian at the Temple Mount
simmered on Saturday as clashes broke out between IDF troops and
mourners in a funeral procession for the slain 25-year-old.
Hundreds gathered in the Palestinian village of Al-Ram southeast of
Ramallah to accompany the body of Talat Ramiah, who was killed on
Friday after he was shot by IDF troops.
On Saturday, the situation in Al-Ram escalated towards the end of the
funeral procession, according to Palestinian Ma´an news agency.
The IDF Spokesman´s Unit said that some Palestinians mourners
gathered and began throwing rocks, Molotov cocktails and rolling
burning tires in the direction of IDF troops. Soldiers responded by
firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the Palestinian youths.
The IDF estimated that up to four Palestinians were lightly wounded.
Ma´an put the number of wounded at nine.
Ramia died during surgery after he was shot in the chest by an IDF
soldier, medics told Ma´an news agency on Friday.
Security forces used force to disperse hundreds of Muslim worshipers
at the Temple Mount on Friday who rioted and threw stones following a
tense week in the Old City. Eleven police officers were lightly
injured and treated at the scene. Four rioters were detained though a
number of additional arrests are expected over the weekend.
A number of youth barricaded themselves inside the mosque during the
rioting, and dozens of police who responded to the incident used stun
grenades and other riot control methods to disperse the crowd. The
security forces entered the Temple Mount after police officers were
attacked at the Mugrahbi Gate, one of the entrances to the Temple
Mount, in order to stop the crowd from throwing more stones onto the
Western Wall plaza below.
“There were a number of disturbances last week [at the Temple Mount]
starting last Sunday morning,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
Twenty four people were arrested over the course of the week for rock
throwing episodes at the Temple Mount on Sunday. “What happened today
was a continuation of tension in and around the Old City and Temple
Mount due to what was put out on the internet by both right wing
extremists and terrorist organizations,” said Rosenfeld.
A website called “Our Temple Mount” has publicized a number of events
at the Temple Mount encouraging religious Jews to go up to the site
in order to exercise Jewish sovereignty over the religious area. The
site advocates for destroying any Muslim buildings in order to
rebuild the Third Temple.
Arab press, including Palestinian and Jordanian newspapers, wrote a
number of inflammatory articles about right-wing attempts to exert
sovereignty over the Temple Mount, which incited worshipers to riot
on Friday following weekly prayers. Melanie Lidman contributed to
this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 02/25/12)
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