Israeli troops have arrested six Palestinians who were arrested after posting anti-Israeli tweets on social media.
The arrests came after Israel closed the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, located in the Old City, and shut down the West Bank’s main road, after Israeli forces opened fire on demonstrators at the site.
Israeli forces also fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, and threw stones at cars as they tried to storm the compound.
The detainees were detained by soldiers and Border Police officers in the Ramallah neighborhood of Al-Bireh and arrested, said the statement from the Israeli army, which did not provide a reason for the arrests.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the arrests, which came as the violence continued to mount in Jerusalem and other areas of the West.
The prime minister said the Israeli military would not tolerate anti-Semitism and would not allow “the incitement of hate.”
The clashes have brought Israel’s tensions with the Palestinians to a fever pitch, with the two sides staging daily demonstrations and violence in several areas of Jerusalem.
On Friday, hundreds of Palestinians gathered near the Western Wall, Israel’s holiest site, to demonstrate against a deadly police shooting in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Monday.
The protests were called by the Palestinian-led Solidarity Movement for the Liberation of Palestine, or Jibril al-Quds, which has called for an end to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
A video posted on social network Twitter showed police firing tear gas canisters at protesters.
The video showed Palestinian security forces in riot gear and wearing riot gear standing in front of a police van and firing teargas canisters in the air.
A police officer shouts: “Stop throwing stones, you are under arrest, you will be taken to the police station.”
The officer then walks over to a group of protesters, who are being held by the police.
Another video showed several protesters being arrested by the security forces.
In the video, a group is led away from the van.
The officer, wearing a riot gear, then approaches them and says: “I am the officer responsible for you.”
He says he will send them to the station.
The police officer then grabs one of the protesters and pushes him back toward the van, before asking him: “Who are you?
What are you doing here?”
The protester replies: “We are here to protest against the injustice of the occupation.”
The officer then punches him in the back of the head and then throws him to the ground, and another protester then runs to help him.
Police detain a Palestinian man after clashes in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, March 6, 2020.
A Palestinian man was detained by Israeli forces on Wednesday after posting comments on social networks in which he called for the assassination of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Israeli news outlets.
Israel has accused Hamas, the Palestinian movement that rules Gaza, of orchestrating the incitement.
In a statement, the army said its forces were deployed in the area because they had received information that protesters had planned to enter the Old District of Jerusalem and that the compound had been closed.
The soldiers also said they were “prepared to respond to any provocation.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Palestinian media outlets reported that the army had detained five people who were seen in a video, posted online, throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank district of Nablus.
The report did not name the people detained, but Israeli media outlets said they included four Palestinians from the Westbank and one from the Gaza Strip.
It was unclear what the people were doing in Nabluss.
Earlier this month, Israel closed all access to the Old Town in Jerusalem after protests by Palestinians against a series of planned Israeli demolitions of the al-Aqs mosque compound.
Protests against the plans had been planned for Wednesday.
Israeli authorities also shut down a popular street in the city on Tuesday night in the wake of the mosque demolitions.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators had been holding a daylong meeting in the Palestinian city of Jenin in a bid to reach an agreement on the construction of an Israeli settlement in the Jordan Valley.
Earlier in March, the Israeli government ordered a total of 12 new settlement outposts to be built in the territories, the largest since the creation of the Israeli state.
In response, Palestinians have said they would push for an independent Palestinian state, an eventual goal that Israel and its supporters view as an obstacle to peace efforts.