More clashes after nightfall at Jerusalem site

More clashes after nightfall at Jerusalem site
Posted at 10:13 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 22:13:23-04

Violent clashes have erupted anew between Israeli security forces and Palestinians outside the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, near a flashpoint holy site.

The Palestinian Red Crescent says at least eight people have been wounded in the melee that broke out after nightfall on Thursday.

The director of a Palestinian hospital also says a Palestinian man who was wounded in clashes with Israeli troops earlier this week has died of his injuries.

Dr. Ahmad Betawi, head of a West Bank hospital, says 26-year-old Mohammed Kanan sustained a head injury after he was struck Monday by a live bullet in an altercation outside Jerusalem.

At least four other Palestinians have died in the past week in violent clashes with Israeli security forces amid protests over the Jerusalem site that is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

Earlier, it appeared that calm was restored and President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt said the United States "welcomes the efforts undertaken to de-escalate tensions in Jerusalem today."
Greenblatt  said the calm "will create the best opportunity to return to dialogue and the pursuit of peace."