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Israel closes Damascus Gate, arrests 2 Palestinians

The newly constructed watchtower checkpoint at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, Jerusalem seen on February 14, 2018 [Twitter / MohamdNashwan]
The newly constructed watchtower checkpoint at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, Jerusalem seen on 14 February 2018 [MohamdNashwan/Twitter]

Israeli police forces sealed off Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, and detained two Palestinian teenagers.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that a large number of Israeli forces and police were deployed at Damascus Gate and Sultan Suleiman Street.

Israeli forces and police completely sealed off Damascus Gate, banning passage in both directions, claiming a suspicious object had been found in the area.

Sources pointed out that this took place at a time when students and employees were making their way home, causing a traffic jam.

Sources also mentioned that Israeli forces body searched and interrogated several Palestinian teenagers; assaulting and arresting two.

The identity of the two detained Palestinians remaine unknown.

READ: Israel arrests 14 Palestinians in West Bank raids

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