Palestinians clash with police at Damascus Gate; 22 arrested, 17 wounded

Tensions have been rising in the area outside Jerusalem’s Old City for weeks, leading to ‘dozens’ of arrests

Palestinians clash with police during a protest at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, on October 19, 2021. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)

Palestinians clashed with police on Tuesday at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, leading to 22 arrests and 17 reportedly wounded as tensions at the flashpoint site spiked.

According to police, Palestinians violently rioted and threw stones at nearby buses, leading officers to use tear gas and sound grenades against the demonstrators. Police cannons also repeatedly sprayed foul-smelling skunk water over the streets and plaza near the archway in an effort to disperse the Palestinian protesters.

Palestinian Red Crescent medics reported treating 17 wounded Palestinians since Tuesday afternoon around the Damascus Gate area. Ten were hospitalized, while the rest were treated on site, the first-aid organization said.

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