18 March 2010

Jerusalem: A City Under Siege

For five days and in the context of the opening of the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish quarter, the Old City has been turned into a city under siege. Israeli authorities have maintained a heavy military and police presence.

Since Friday, a closure was imposed on the West Bank, banning the entry of West Bank permit holders into occupied East Jerusalem. Men under 50 years of age have also been prohibited from entering Al Aqsa Mosque compound.

Demonstrations were reported throughout the city, while clashes were especially concentrated in the Old City, Eisawiya, Shu’fat Camp, Wadi Al Joz, Qalandiya checkpoint.

Bron: Palestine Monitor, foto's by Julian.
Lees ook: Jerusalem burns (13 March 2010) en Clashes Spread Through East Jerusalem (15 March 2010)

Tourists visiting the Old City are permitted to enter Dasmascus Gate

Men are forced to pray on the street outside Haram el Sharif compound

Heavy police presence in front of Damascus gate

Confrontations in Shu’fat camp

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