Israeli soldiers detained three Palestinian men near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in East Jerusalem, according to a report from IMEMC, a media center developed to provide independent media coverage of Israel and Palestine.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers abducted Abboud Abu Sneina, Mustafa Abu Sneina and Mohammad Asaliyya, and took them to an interrogation facility in the city shortly after midnight.
The Israeli army claimed that several young men hurled stones, and used fireworks, against the soldiers in the area.
The soldiers fired concussion grenades and gas bombs at protesters, who consider the city occupied territory.
Tension in the region has been inflamed by President Donald Trump’s pandering to messianic Evangelical Christians in America, ending the 50-year international consensus on Jerusalem’s status with a rash decision to recognize the holy city as the capital of Israel.
The United Nations General Assembly voted 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, for a resolution demanding that the United States rescind its Dec. 6 decision to recognize as Israel’s capital Jerusalem, the contested holy city.
The move sparked a rebellion against their traditional allies in Washington by two key pro-Western Arab leaders, King Abdullah of Jordan, the head of the second Arab country to recognize Israel, and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president who has devoted his life to negotiating the now-defunct two-state solution.
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