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In photos: East Jerusalem protests against Jenin killings

March 22, 2014 10:55 P.M. (Updated: March 24, 2014 3:02 P.M.)

At least six were detained as dozens of protesters took to the streets of Jerusalem on Saturday in anger at the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in Jenin earlier in the day.

Israeli forces beat and detained six Palestinians from Jerusalem while dispersing the protest, and they threw stun grenades and fired rubber bullets "indiscriminately" at demonstrators, witnesses said.

The protest began at Damascus Gate at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, but special forces quickly surrounded the group as they began to march, and subsequently attacked the protesters on the stairs of the ancient gate.

After protesters were prevented from marching again, protesters prayed collectively at the gate. Israeli forces later dispersed the group again, and closed the entrances to Damascus Gate.

Israeli forces detained six Palestinians during the protest, including an official of the Palestinian Prisoner's Society.

Mofid al-Hajj, a lawyer at the society, said that the detained included the director of the society's Jerusalem branch, Nasser Qaws, as well as Alaa Haddad, a member of the committee of prisoners' relatives and detained Jerusalemites, Ahmad al-Ghoul, the president of the Fatah youth movement in Jerusalem, and activists Ahmad Hadil, Nizar Sib Laban, and Adi Sib Laban.

He added that after their detentions, Israeli authorities extended their detentions for 24 hours from the time of arrest without giving a reason.

An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces killed three Palestinians during a raid on Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

Locals had gathered to throw rocks at Israeli forces after they stormed the camp to arrest a man, and Hamza Abu al-Haija, 22, Mahmoud Abu Zeina, 17, and Yazan Mahmoud Basim Jabarin, 22, were killed during the raid and the clashes.

More than 10,000 marched in Jenin on Saturday afternoon to mourn the dead. Hamas' military wing al-Qassam Brigades, Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, and Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades threatened a "painful" retaliation against Israel, and accused the Palestinian Authority of complicity in the killings.

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