Clashes, arrests and closure of the Old City’s Gates after the “stabbing of a settler”
January 8, 2015

Clashes broke out in the neighborhood of Al-Sa’dyeh on Thursday night between the young men and occupation forces when the forces closed some of the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem and detained and searched some Jerusalemites under the pretext of looking for the man who stabbed a settler in the area of Damascus Gate. Witnesses explained that some young men were injured with bruises as they were hit with batons and injured with rubber bullets. The occupation Special Forces closed the gates of Damascus, Herod’s and Lions and searched the young men and prohibited entering or leaving the Old City more than an hour. The director of the Prisoner’s Club in Jerusalem, Naser Qos, explained that the Israeli forces carried out a series of arrests after the stabbing incident and arrested 7 young men including Mohammad Hijazi, Mohammad Maswadeh and Khaled Qawasmi. The forces also searched the cars and stopped them while walking in Sultan Suleiman Street. A large Israeli force including police and Special Forces raided the neighborhood of Bi’er Ayoub and searched a parked vehicle in the area and then towed it without knowing the reason.