JERUSALEM, August 13, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli Police on Wednesday arrested around 57 Palestinians in the Jerusalem area during predawn raids across the city, provoking clashes with local residents and causing several injuries as police fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets, according to local and security sources.
Director of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) in Jerusalem, Nasser Qaws, said the Wednesday arrest campaign is considered the biggest since last mid June, adding that Israeli policemen attempted to sabotage the furniture of the houses during their raids this night. Since the begiing of July, around 549 Jerusalemites have been arrested, including 166 minors and 383 youths.
He said clashes erupted in the aftermath of the arrest campaign, where police fired rubber-coated bullets towards the residents, causing injuries to many residents, including children and women.
In the meantime, the ambulance section of Al-Issawiya, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, said at least 26 Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated bullets and were provided with first aid at the scene. Dozens others suffocated as police fired tear gas canisters in an indiscriminate manner, while ambulance teams evacuated three houses in the area after they were targeted by tear gas canisters by soldiers.
The clashes in Jerusalem and the nearby outskirts also caused a state of fear and panic among children.