AP photographer beaten by Israeli police amid upgraded tension in Jerusalem
Published on Dec 19, 2021
The Associated Press news agency said on Friday (December 17) one of its photographers, Mahmoud Illean, was "pushed and beaten by Israeli police in an unprovoked attack" while covering the protests, requiring hospital treatment.
There were also clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
The AP said it was "outraged" and the Foreign Press Association called for an investigation.
In response, a police spokeswoman said officers "used means to disperse riots to maintain public order" and that the incident would be investigated.
The United Nations Mideast peace envoy warned against escalating tensions on Friday after Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli in the occupied West Bank and Jewish settlers were accused of attacking Arab villages in the aftermath.
Yehuda Dimentman, 25, was killed on Thursday (December 16) in an ambush on his car as he left Homesh, an Israeli settlement in the northern West Bank that was evacuated in 2005 and is now home to a religious seminary.
Palestinians reported settlers attacking nearby villages, shooting, hurling stones and injuring one man in his home in Qaryut. Settler leaders said Palestinians also threw rocks at Israelis.
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