|Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers at the al Aqsa mosque on Friday [Reuters]|
A Palestinian man has died after being shot in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, as Palestinian protesters and Israeli police also clashed near the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The man, who was reported to be in his 20s and identified by doctors as Talat Ramia, died during treatment at a hospital in Ramallah for a bullet wound to the chest.
“He had already bled quite a lot … we tried to resuscitate him but not to no avail, he was pronounced dead shortly
afterwards,” the unidentified doctor told the Reuters news agency.
Protesters had gathered near the Qalandia checkpoint after they heard that clashes had taken place near the al-Aqsa Mosque, about 10km away.
An Israeli military spokesman said the protester at Qalandia had launched fireworks at the soldiers from close range and they responded with live fire in self defence.
“An initial investigation suggests that the Palestinian fired fireworks at soldiers from close range endangering their lives and the soldiers responded with live ammunition, wounding him in his shoulder,” the spokesman said.
He added that the incident was under investigation.
Four people were arrested in clashes near the al-Aqsa mosque after Israeli police officers entered the compound where the mosque is situated and used stun grenades to disperse stone-throwing rioters, an Israeli police spokesman said.
Witnesses at al Aqsa said police had also fired tear gas, forcing a number of women to run for cover inside the adjacent Dome of the Rock.
Clashes continue at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa
“We were praying when they started shooting tear gas towards us,” 58-year-old Umm Mohammad told the AFP news agency by telephone from inside the Dome of the Rock.
“At first, they were shooting at the Al-Aqsa mosque but we hid in the Dome of the Rock, and now they have started firing tear gas and sound bombs towards the gates,” she said.
“Women were terrified and screaming at first, but we got over it and started shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greatest),” she said.
The clashes followed nearly a week of unrest at the walled complex.
In another outbreak of violence in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, soldiers clashed with demonstrators who participated in two separate protests, and soldiers arrested four people, an Israeli military spokesman said.
In the Gaza town of Khan Yunis, thousands of Palestinians also marched in support of Palestinian sovereignty over Jerusalem.