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Clashes follow Friday prayers in East Jerusalem

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 - 00:45

March 15 - Israeli restrictions on access to the Al-Aqsa mosque spark clashes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank after Friday prayers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Violence broke out in the West Bank and Jerusalem on Friday after Israeli police placed restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter the al-Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers. With rumors of a 'day of rage' being called for young Palestinian men to take to the streets in Jerusalem to protect the al-Aqsa mosque in the old city, Israeli security forces imposed a strict age limit on those who would be allowed inside to pray. Only men over the age of 50 were allowed inside the Temple Mount and Israeli police together with Israeli Defense Force soldiers imposed security checkpoints on entrances to the old city, checking the ID and searching everyone wanting to go inside. Young Palestinians denied access to the al-Aqsa mosque gathered in the alleyways outside and prayed together as IDF soldiers looked on. When Friday prayers finished sporadic stone throwing broke out in the narrow streets of East Jerusalem. Security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades back and two Palestinian youths were detained and taken away by police. In the West bank town of Hebron, Palestinian youths pelted IDF soldiers with stones and rocks, who responded with volleys of tear gas, stun grenades and plastic coated bullets. At least one youth was seen being driven away from the scene after being hit in the leg. A surge in violence in the occupied West Bank over the past several weeks has raised concern in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising could erupt.

Clashes follow Friday prayers in East Jerusalem

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 - 00:45

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