At least seven Palestinians were arrested at Damascus Gate Wednesday afternoon, after police said 50 members of their group threw rocks at Jews visiting the holy area on Shavuot, which coincides with Nakba Day, when Palestinians mourn the establishment of the State of Israel.
According to Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, officers have been on high alert in the Old City since Nakba Day commenced Wednesday morning, and are utilizing water cannons, among other measures, to protect Jewish visitors from the onslaught of attacks.
“We have a strong police presence there right now to ensure the safety of all visitors,” said Rosenfeld, who added that he expects more arrests. “Police will remain at the scene until public order is restored.”
The IDF also reported Wednesday that dozens of Palestinians were throwing rocks at Israelis in Beitunia, Kadum and Hebron. In all cases the IDF used crowd-dispersal methods, according to the spokeswoman.
Two police officers are being treated at the scene after sustaining light injures.