Friday, 25 July 2014

Israeli undercover police in running street battles with Palestinian 'Day of Rage' protesters during Friday prayers in Jerusalem

Israeli undercover police were involved in street conflicts with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem today as officers were put on high alert for flare-ups at the city's most important mosque during Friday prayers for the final stretch of the Ramadan Muslim holy month.
Hundreds of Palestinians protested in the traditionally Arab east of the city after Muslim noon prayers today. A dozen protesters threw rocks and fireworks at Israeli police, who fired stun grenades and water cannons.
Israeli aircraft meanwhile have struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip today, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Palestinians called for a 'Day of Rage' following the clashes between at least 10,000 protesters and Israeli security forces late yesterday in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem.
Last night's violence came after a UN school in Gaza, crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting, came under fire yesterday, killing at least 15 civilians and injuring more than 200. 
An Israeli undercover policeman aims his gun at Palestinian demonstrators while his colleagues arrest a man during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem
An Israeli undercover policeman aims his gun at Palestinian demonstrators while his colleagues arrest a man during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem
A Palestinian protester brandishes a flare towards Israeli policemen during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem
A Palestinian protester brandishes a flare towards Israeli policemen during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem
Israeli armed policemen stand behind Palestinian Muslims performing the traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem
Israeli armed policemen stand behind Palestinian Muslims performing the traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem
Israeli paramilitary police were on high alert today for flare-ups at Jerusalem's most important mosque during Friday prayers for the final stretch of the Ramadan Muslim holy month
Israeli paramilitary police were on high alert today for flare-ups at Jerusalem's most important mosque during Friday prayers for the final stretch of the Ramadan Muslim holy month
Palestinians stand behind burning tyres during clashes with Israeli security forces following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem
Palestinians stand behind burning tyres during clashes with Israeli security forces following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem
Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling of the school, which came on the deadliest day so far of the current round of fighting. 
However, the Israeli military said the school 'was not a target in any way' and raised the possibility the compound was hit by Hamas rockets.
As further violence flared between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire.
Mr Kerry, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon and Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shukri met twice in Cairo today to try to bring a week-long pause in the fighting, beginning as soon as this weekend. 
Mr Kerry delayed his anticipated departure from Egypt for several hours to talk again by phone to Qatari officials who are serving as a go-between with Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organisation and cannot negotiate with directly.
Over the last week, in his travels from Cairo to Ramallah to Israel, Mr Kerry has made clear that he wanted to secure at least a temporary pause in the violence before he returned to Washington.
Mediators hope any truce in the Gaza Strip can coincide with a Muslim festival that starts next week, and are looking to overcome seemingly irreconcilable demands from Israel and Hamas-led Islamist fighters, locked in conflict since July 8.
Palestinian stone-throwers take cover behind a container during clashes with Israeli security forces near the gates of Beit El Jewish settlement in the West Bank near Ramallah following a march organised by Hamas today
Palestinian stone-throwers take cover behind a container during clashes with Israeli security forces near the gates of Beit El Jewish settlement in the West Bank near Ramallah following a march organised by Hamas today
Masked Palestinians aim fireworks at Israeli border police officers during  clashes near Jerusalem's Old City
Masked Palestinians aim fireworks at Israeli border police officers during clashes near Jerusalem's Old City
An undercover Israeli police officer holds a gun as others detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Jerusalem's Old City
An undercover Israeli police officer holds a gun as others detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Jerusalem's Old City
Israeli police officers detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Jerusalem's Old City
Israeli police officers detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Jerusalem's Old City
In Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians protested in the traditionally Arab-populated east of the city after Muslim noon prayers, and a dozen protesters threw rocks and fireworks at Israeli police, who fired stun grenades and water cannons
In Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians protested in the traditionally Arab-populated east of the city after Muslim noon prayers, and a dozen protesters threw rocks and fireworks at Israeli police, who fired stun grenades and water cannons

As the diplomacy continued, so did the fighting. Gaza officials said Israeli strikes killed 33 people on Friday, including the head of media operations for Islamic Jihad and his son.
They put the number of Palestinian deaths in 18 days of conflict at 822, most of them civilians.
Militants fired a barrage of rockets out of Gaza, triggering sirens across much of southern and central Israel, including at the country's main airport.
No injuries were reported, with the Iron Dome interceptor system knocking out many of the missiles.
The Gaza turmoil stoked tensions in the nearby West Bank. Medics said five Palestinians were killed in separate incidents near the cities of Nablus and Hebron, including one shooting that witnesses blamed on an apparent Jewish settler. 
A Palestinian man carries the body of one-year-old baby Noha Mesleh, who died of wounds sustained after a UN school in Beit Hanun came under fire, during her funeral today in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip
A Palestinian man carries the body of one-year-old baby Noha Mesleh, who died of wounds sustained after a UN school in Beit Hanun came under fire, during her funeral today in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip
A Palestinian carries the body of one-year-old baby Noha Mesleh, who died of wounds sustained after a UN school in Beit Hanun came under fire yesterday, during her funeral today in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip
A Palestinian carries the body of one-year-old baby Noha Mesleh, who died of wounds sustained after a UN school in Beit Hanun came under fire yesterday, during her funeral today in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip
Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed al-Araj during his funeral in the Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, today
Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed al-Araj during his funeral in the Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah today. Al-Araj died after he was shot during clashes with Israeli troops on Thursday
On Thursday night, 10,000 demonstrators marched in solidarity with Gaza near the Palestinian administrative capital Ramallah.
Protesters surged against an Israeli army checkpoint, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, and Palestinian medics said one was shot dead and 200 wounded when troops opened fire.
In Jerusalem, meanwhile, thousands of Israeli security forces were deployed for possible Palestinian protests after Friday prayers at a key Muslim holy site, said police spokeswoman Luba Samri. 
Israel said an army reservist was killed in Gaza on Friday, bringing to 34 the number of soldiers lost in a ground advance it says aims to destroy dozens of cross-border tunnels used by Hamas to threaten its southern farming villages and army bases.
It also announced that a soldier unaccounted for after an ambush in Gaza six days ago was definitely dead, although his body had not been recovered. Hamas said on Sunday it had captured the man, but did not release a photograph of him. 
Three civilians have also been killed in Israel by rockets from Gaza - the kind of attack that surged last month amid Hamas anger at a crackdown on its activists in the West Bank, prompting the July 8 launch of the Israeli offensive.
Israeli warplanes struck 30 houses earlier today throughout the Gaza Strip, including the home of Salah Hassanein, a leader of the military wing of Islamic Jihad, the second-largest militant group in Gaza after Hamas. 
An Israeli army officer gives explanations to journalists during an army organised tour in a tunnel said to be used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israeli-Gaza border
An Israeli army officer gives explanations to journalists during an army organised tour in a tunnel said to be used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israeli-Gaza border
Israel says the war is meant to halt the relentless rocket fire on its cities by Palestinian militants in Gaza and to destroy a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels that Hamas is using to sneak into Israel to try to carry out attacks inside communities near the border
Israel says the war is meant to halt the relentless rocket fire on its cities by Palestinian militants in Gaza and to destroy a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels that Hamas is using to sneak into Israel to try to carry out attacks inside communities near the border

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