Two Palestinians shot and killed in East Jerusalem - local reports

Violence has erupted across East Jerusalem

Violence has erupted across East Jerusalem

Friday, July 21, 2017

Two Palestinians have been fatally shot in clashes in East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian media.

One of the victims, a teenager called Muhammed Mahmoud Sharaf, was shot by an Israeli settler, according to news agency Maan.

Witnesses cited by the agency said Sharaf was shot in the neck, although the precise circumstances have not been confirmed. It is also claimed the funeral has already taken place due to fear that Israeli authorities might confiscate the body.

A second victim, named as 20-year-old student Muhammed Abu Ghanam, has reportedly died of wounds after being shot by police in At-Tur, also known as the Mount of Olives. Again, it is not immediately clear what prompted the shooting.

Clashes have been taking place across East Jerusalem, with Palestinians furious at security measures imposed at the ultra-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque.

Israeli authorities have installed metal detectors at the facility, following a deadly attack last week. Palestinian protesters view this intervention as a violation of their religious freedom.

The mosque lies on a hill known as the Haram esh-Sharif to the Palestinians and the Temple Mount in Israel. The hill is one of the holiest sites in both Islam and Judaism, and has regularly been the scene of protests in recent years.

Thousands of Palestinians have marched towards Al-Aqsa in protest at the installation of the metal detectors, with Israeli forces using rubber bullets against some of the most violent demonstrators. The Palestinian Red Crescent claims at least 113 Palestinians have been injured, while Israeli police claim four of their officers were hurt. 

Due to recent attacks at the compound it was ruled that Muslim men aged under 50 would not be allowed into the mosque, according to DPA International. Some held their prayers outside the wall of the Old City and at West Bank military checkpoints instead of at the mosque.