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Jerusalem's Noisy Night

  • By : Brian Bush
  • July 25, 2014
  • 6:09 pm

Hello All,

It was a noisy night her in Jerusalem's Old City.

Stun grenades and the shouts of men could be heard for hours.

Violence then broke out at the Kalandia checkpoint, the main Israeli entry/exit point to the Palestinian Authority located in the West Bank between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Some reports say more than 10,000 Palestinians protested and clashed with police in protest against the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel being played out in the Gaza Strip.

Hospital officials in Ramallah have put the death toll at five.

Police in Jerusalem arrested 39 rioters and estimate that 200 Palestinians were wounded in clashes overnight in Jerusalem.

27 police officers had been lightly hurt, including 10 Border Policemen.

Jerusalem deployed 4,000 police in Arab areas of Jerusalem including the Old City.

The police are also employing drones to fly overhead to monitor movement on the ground.

Last night Muslims celebrated Laylat al-Qader, referred to as the Night of Power, an important holiday in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

As I have been out and about today the police presence has again been beefed up for Friday prayers.

Restrictions have been placed upon Muslim worshipers entering Jerusalem and barrier checkpoints are up throughout the area.

The police helicopter can be heard overhead – like it was most of the night.

Yesterdays action allegedly started in the narrow streets of the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, and quickly spread to the neighborhoods outside the walls.

At the same time, marchers proceeded from Ramallah in the West Bank to the Israeli controlled checkpoint where they were met with tear gas, rubber bullets, and reportedly – live fire.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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