Three Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank

12:00 Jul 21 2017 Ras al-Amoud, al-Tur, Abu DIs

Three Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank Three Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank Three Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank Three Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank Three Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank Three Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank Three Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank Three Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank
From left: Muhammad Sharaf, Muhammad Khalaf, and Muhammad Abu Ghanam. Published by Maan News

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Mourners carry the body of Mohammad Abu Ghannam during his funeral in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur, July 21, 2017. Credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS Published by Haaretz

Israel security forces disperse protesters outside Jerusalem's Old City, July 21, 2017. Credit: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP Published by Haaretz

Tear gas fumes billow as Palestinian protesters flee during clashes with Israeli forces after Friday prayers at the main entrance of the West bank city of Bethlehem on July 21, 2017. Credit: Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP Published by Haaretz

Jordanians carry a model of the Dome of the Rock mosque during a demonstration, called for by the Islamic Action Front, in Amman following Friday prayers on July 21, 2017 Credit: KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP Published by Haaretz

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were reportedly shot and killed during clashes in occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday, sources told Ma'an, amid large-scale clashes across the occupied Palestinian territory over new Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The deaths comes amid a large-scale demonstration across East Jerusalem on Friday to denounce new Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following a deadly attack last week.

Israeli forces have violently suppressed the protest in East Jerusalem, as well as other solidarity marches in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, as the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma'an that at least 193 Palestinians had been injured in East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday.

According to Ma'an documentation, 49 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis in 2017, 14 of whom in the month of July alone.

Palestinian reportedly killed by Israeli settler in Ras al-Amoud

A Palestinian teenager was killed during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, medical sources told Ma'an, as witnesses said that the youth was shot by an Israeli settler.

The youth was identified as 18-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf from the neighborhood of Silwan.

Witnesses said Sharaf was shot in the neck by an Israeli settler, and later succumbed to his wounds.

Very shortly after his death, mourners carried out Sharaf's funeral, out of fear that Israeli authorities might confiscate his body, as participants chanted slogans about the teenager and Al-Aqsa.

Another Palestinian succumbs to wounds in Jerusalem hospital

Meanwhile, another Palestinian, identified by medical sources as Muhammad Abu Ghanam, succumbed to his wounds in al-Makassed hospital after being shot by Israeli police forces during clashes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces raided the hospital on Friday afternoon looking to detain Palestinians who were injured during the clashes.

A Ma'an reporter on the scene said that a funeral was also promptly held for Abu Ghanam, as Palestinians were filmed hauling his body over a wall surrounding the al-Makassed hospital to avoid Israeli forces confiscating it.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces fired sound bombs in the cemetery of al-Tur during the funeral.

Locals told Ma'an that Abu Ghanam was a 20-year-old resident of al-Tur and a second-year student at Birzeit University.

Palestinian shot, killed in Abu Dis demonstration

Later on Friday afternoon, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said a Palestinian succumbed to his wounds in a hospital in Ramallah after having been shot in the chest by Israeli forces during a demonstration in the village of Abu Dis in the Jerusalem district of the West Bank.

The slain Palestinian was identified by local sources as 17-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Khalaf, whereas other sources identified him as Muhammad Lafi.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) issued a statement on Friday evening hailing Muhammad Khalaf as a “heroic martyr” who died “in support of Al-Aqsa and in rejection of the (Israeli) occupation’s coward and racist policies.”

DFLP added that Khalaf and his family were affiliated with the leftist movement, adding that the young man had recently passed his end-of-high-school tawjihi exams, and had led the student committee in the Arabic Institute in Abu Dis.


Three Palestinians Killed in Clashes With Israel as Thousands Protest Over Temple Mount

Clashes have taken place in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a result of new security measures installed at the Temple Mount complex in response to Sunday's attack that left two police officers dead
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by Jack Khoury, Nir Hasson, Gili Cohen , Yotam Berger and The Associated Press. Published by Haaretz Jul 22, 2017 7:38 AM

Three Palestinians were killed on Friday in clashes between protestors and Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem, Palestinian sources have reported. Israel's military say over 3,000 took part in protests throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem on Friday. Clashes also erupted between protestors and Israeli forces in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site. 

Over 300 were reportedly wounded in the protests that were held in response to new security measures put in place at Jerusalem's Temple Mount following Sunday's attack at the site in which two police officers were killed. In total 27 people were arrested, 10 in Jerusalem and 17 in the West Bank.

The Red Crescent says that while the majority of the Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation, 38 were treated for wounds from live fire and rubber bullets in Jerusalem. It says another 66 were hospitalized in the West Bank for wounds sustained from the munitions. 

According to Palestinian reports, 19-year-old Mohammad Hassan Abu Ganem died after being wounded at clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of A-tur. His death has been confirmed by Israel's police. Prior to that, 18-year-old Muhammad Sharaf died after being shot in the neck in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported. Most recently, 18-year-old Mohammad Lafi was confirmed dead at Ramallah Hospital after being shot in the chest with live rounds in Abu Dis.

The police say clashes began in dozens of locations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to the IDF, over 3,000 took part in the protests in which rocks and molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli security forces which attempted to disperse demonstrators using tear gas and stun grenades. Rubber bullets and live fire were also used.
Jerusalem resident Hashem Abu Diab, 60, said the dispute has united Jerusalem's Palestinians who consider the compound a last sanctuary from Israel's 50-year occupation of the eastern part of the city.

"The Al Aqsa Mosque is the last place we have in this country," he said. "If Al Aqsa goes, we lose everything. We don't leave until they remove the metal detectors."

Mohammed Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem, said Muslims must not enter the Temple Mount compound until Israel has removed the metal detectors.

"We are exhausting Israel because all their military and intelligence are in the streets," he said." We are steadfast and we will not back off."

Israeli police said in a statement that the metal detectors will remain in place for the time being.

International protests

Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul on Thursday night to rally against Israel’s decision to install the metal detectors at entries to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The protesters, who were seen kicking the synagogue’s gates and throwing stones, chanted, “if you don’t let us into our places of worship, we won’t let you into yours."

Turkey's prime minister says the country is in dialogue with Israel to end a crisis surrounding a holy shrine revered by Muslims and Jews.

Speaking in Ankara after Friday prayers, Binali Yildirim said worship at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem would be made difficult if each person is searched at entry.

Meanwhile thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman on Friday in protest of the restrictions implaced at the prayer site.

Thousands of Yemenis, mostly supporters of the country's Shiite Houthi rebels who are at war with the internationally recognized government, have also rallied in support of Palestinians clashing with Israeli troops in Jerusalem.

The demonstration took place in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Friday, with the protesters chanting anti-Israeli and anti-American slogans.

Similiar protests have also been reported in Lebanon and Malaysia.

Muhammad Mahmoud Khalaf (also identified as Muhammad Lafi) killed by Israeli forces 7/21/2017
Muhammad Abu Ghanam killed by Israeli forces 7/21/2017
Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf, 18, killed by Israel settler 7/21/2017
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