Palestinians protest against Israeli restoration of synagogue in E. Jerusalem

09:57, March 17, 2010      

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Palestinian school-girls chant slogans during a rally against Israel's consecration of a synagogue in Jerusalem's Old City, in Gaza City on March 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)

by Saud Abu Ramadan, Emad Drimly

The Palestinian rage against Israel's dedication of reopening a synagogue close to al- Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem flared on Tuesday, where clashes erupted in the disputed holy city and demonstrations dominated the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Witnesses and medical sources in East Jerusalem said that fierce clashes erupted Tuesday between dozens of Arab protestors and Israeli police forces, adding that the protestors threw stones at the police, and the police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

The witnesses said that Israeli police forces stormed the town of al-Aisaweyeh in East Jerusalem and fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets during clashes with Palestinian stones hurlers, who set fire to car tyres in the town.

Medics said that more than 50 Palestinians were hurt in the clashes.

They said that clashes between Arab demonstrators and Israeli police erupted also in the refugee camp of Shu'fat, as well as in the Old City of Jerusalem. Israeli police still closed the gates leading to al-Aqsa Mosque and prevented worshippers from approaching the mosque.

A Muslim foundation defending holy cites in Jerusalem warned that the consecration of Hurva synagogue, which was restored on Monday, endangered al-Aqsa Mosque, which is situated just a few hundred meters away.

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