Rocket attack: Rocket Strike Israel
Published: September 19, 2015
Rocket attack: Rocket Strike Israel, Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers also clashed in and around Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank after Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” to protest at new Israeli security measures.
Three Israeli police were injured as a fire bomb struck their van in the Jabal Mukaber district and eight Palestinians were arrested, including at least three youths, police said.
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as protesters pelted them with stones in city neighbourhoods around the Mount of Olives, including in Shuafat refugee camp.
Palestinian paramedics claimed small-calibre live rounds were also used by Israeli forces.
Officials said about 3,000 police had deployed after three days of violence this week at the sensitive site during the Jewish new year.
Palestinians also protested in a number of cities in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus, where a young man was shot by Israeli security forces after throwing a fire bomb, the Israeli army and medics said.
The focus of tension is the compound housing the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest places in Islam.
Jews refer to the area as Temple Mount, where an ancient Jewish temple once stood. It is the most sacred place in Judaism.
The security and foreign affairs committee of Israel’s parliament gave the military approval to call up border police reserves in Jerusalem if needed.
In an effort to limit the threat of violence, Israel also banned access to Al-Aqsa for all men under 40 on Friday, the Muslim holy day.
As well as tensions over Al-Aqsa, Palestinians are angry at prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to allow police and soldiers to open fire on anyone seen throwing stones at Israeli vehicles.
One such attack led to the death of an elderly Israeli driver in Jerusalem.
Cars travelling on a highway that cuts through the West Bank have also been targeted.
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