Clashes Renew in Jerusalem for Third Day; 15 Arrested in Haifa

Violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem resumed for the third consecutive night on Sunday and police arrested 18 at protests around the country showing solidarity with protesters in Jerusalem, following days of violence and unrest in the city.

Clashes renewed at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, which has been a flashpoint for rising tensions in recent weeks. Three protesters were reportedly injured. 

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The police later said in a statement that "Large police and Border Police forces are currently working near Damascus gate after dozens of lawbreakers started throwing stones and bottles at forces present at the scene." The police added that they are employing riot dispersal measures to restore order.

Protests are also taking place in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem with police saying dozens of Palestinian demonstrators took parts in riots, including throwing fireworks at houses. 

"Israel Police and Border Police are taking measures to restore order and prevent residents of the neighborhood from rioting," the police said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, police used riot dispersal methods to clear hundreds of protesters in Haifa. Hundreds of protesters also gathered in Nazareth to show their support for the Palestinians in Jerusalem.

In Haifa, police said that they had arrested 15 people at the protest for attempting to jump police barriers, "and even attempting to attack officers." In Nazareth hundreds are marching along the city's main road.