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Israeli forces disperse Jerusalem protest

Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 01:25

Aug. 2 - Israeli forces throw stun grenades at Palestinians protesting outside Jerusalem's Old City, calling for the release of prisoners, while Muslim worshippers pray at Al-Aqsa mosque. Jessica Gray reports.

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Israeli forces throw stun grenades at a crowd of Palestinians protesting outside Jerusalem's Old City overnight Thursday. They were calling for the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. The Israeli cabinet last week approved the release of 104 of them to help restart peace talks. The US said on Monday it had convinced Israel and the Palestinian Authority to sit down for negotiations for the first time in three years. By Friday morning, calm had returned to the area with Muslim worshippers from the West Bank entering the city to pray at Al Aqsa mosque as the new peace talks get underway. Israeli officials expect around 200,000 people to attend Friday's services, although Muslims say checkpoints still make it hard to get to the mosque. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RAMALLAH RESIDENT, MAHMOUD IBRAHIM, SAYING: "They are making it easy but not that easy. They will leave us faraway in Wad Al Jouz and we still have to walk 3 or 4 kilometres. It is hard to reach, very hard. Last week we walked more than 5 kilometres." The last Friday of Ramadan has been dubbed Al-Quds or Jerusalem Day by Iran and is marked by other Arab nations with protest rallies against Israeli occupation.

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Israeli forces disperse Jerusalem protest

Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 01:25