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Clashes, arrests in Jerusalem ahead of Palestinian funeral

Israeli security officers run past burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Issawiya district of Arab east Jerusalem on October 24, 2014Tension soared in east Jerusalem Sunday as stone-throwing Palestinians and police clashed ahead of a funeral for a Palestinian man who ploughed his car into a crowd of Israelis, killing a baby. Palestinian political groups called for a march from the restive east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound starting at 17:00 pm (1500 GMT). Tensions have been rising ahead of Sunday night’s funeral for Abdelrahman Shaludi, the Palestinian who drove into a Jerusalem crowd on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old girl and wounding six other people. His funeral was due to take place at around 11:00 pm (2100 GMT) near east Jerusalem’s Old City walls, after it was delayed from Friday for security reasons.

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