The Israeli army said Thursday that a security camera captured a security guard firing tear gas and rubber bullets at a group of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday.
The army said in a statement that the group had fired rubber bullets and tear gas.
The Palestinian security guard, who is not identified, was not injured in the incident, the statement said.
The Israeli military had earlier said that it had launched a “precautionary” operation in East Jerusalem after three Palestinians were wounded in a night of violence against Israelis on Wednesday night.
The security guard’s firing of tear gas was in violation of international law, the military said.
A Palestinian protester, who asked to be identified only as M., said she was with her family when she heard the sound of teargas.
She said the security guard was shooting tear gas because she was wearing a headscarf.
“He came over to me and said, ‘Get out of the area.
I’m going to throw tear gas into the crowd,'” M. said.
I’ve lived here my whole life.'” “
I said to him, ‘I’m not going to leave.
I’ve lived here my whole life.'”
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Thursday the security camera in question recorded the shooting.
The incident occurred around 2 a.m. in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
The soldiers were looking for a man they thought was a terrorist, M. told Al Jazeera.
When the soldiers came, they found M. in an alley.
He said he was hit by a tear gas canister.
The soldier hit M. again, M., a Palestinian activist, told Al-Jazeera.
“The soldier hit him again, and I saw the rubber bullet in his hand,” M. added.
I said, Don’t let him escape, we’re going to put him in a police cell.” “
When I saw him on the ground, I ran over and grabbed him by the shirt.
I said, Don’t let him escape, we’re going to put him in a police cell.”
M. was transferred to the medical unit of the Jerusalem district hospital.
Israeli media reported that M. suffered minor injuries to his left hand and ankle.
A military spokeswoman confirmed to Al-Monitor that the incident took place on Wednesday evening.
She confirmed that the officer who fired the tear gas did not report it to the command.
The Jerusalem police spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The number of protesters killed by Israeli security forces rose dramatically in July 2016, when nearly 500 Palestinians were killed in attacks carried out by Palestinian assailants, including a series of stabbing attacks and shootings by Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The latest spike in violence has intensified the debate over the future of the city’s Jewish neighborhoods, which Palestinians see as home to the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Muslim holy site, revered by Jews as the holiest site in Judaism, is home to Muslim prayer sites, the Western Wall, and the Dome of the Rock, a massive stone structure that is considered to be the holiest in Judaism.
Israel captured East Jerusalem in 1967, and its annexation in 2014 prompted Palestinians to stage a year-long wave of protests and protests against Israel’s control of the West’s second-largest city.
Israel maintains that the city is under full Israeli sovereignty and that any Israeli incursion into the city would be considered a “clear violation of its sovereignty”.
The Palestinians have repeatedly called for the annexation of East Al-Quds, which Israel captured in the 1967 war, but the Israeli government says it has no intention of doing so.
In August, Israel approved the construction of two Jewish settlements on land captured from Jordan, in what it called a “historic and historic gesture”.
Israel and Jordan are also locked in a bitter dispute over the status of Jerusalem, which both claim as part of their respective territories.
The Palestinians are demanding the return of the Old City, including East Jerusalem, and of the Palestinian Quarter, which they see as their capital.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem to the city in a move that was never recognized internationally and condemned by the United Nations as illegal.
In December, Israel announced it would begin demolishing the homes of Palestinians who live in East Alsabir and East al-Qasr, a neighborhood of east Jerusalem annexed to Israel in 1967.
Israel has said it is considering the possibility of uprooting thousands of Palestinians from East Al-‘Aqra and East Qasr.
Al Jazeera’s Zaid Shakir, reporting from the West Jerusalem settlement of Silwan, said he had witnessed the latest escalation.
“My brother and I were out there on the street, we heard shots,” Shakir said.
Shakir added that after the incident he had spoken to the Israeli police commander who was responsible for the operation.
He told Shakir that the soldiers were not wearing helmets, and that they had used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Shakier said that