3 Palestinians detained in Jerusalem area

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday detained three Palestinians in clashes in the Issawiya neighborhood in the Jerusalem district, an activist group reported.

The Wadi al-Hilweh information center said that a special forces assaulted and detained three young men, and transferred them to al-Maskobiyeh detention center.

The group added that Israeli forces forced reporters out of the area.

Witnesses said that a special forces unit wearing tradition Palestinian scarfs infiltrated the neighborhood in a white van before confronting the young men.

Around a dozen suffered minor injuries, an AFP correspondent reported.

Police had deployed reinforcements in Jerusalem early in the day, fearing protests at the flash-point Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the heart of the Old City, a police spokesman said.

Access by Palestinian men to the compound had been limited to those over the age of 50 and with Israeli-issued Jerusalem residency cards. There were no restrictions on women.

(Source / 05.03.2013)

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