Eight Palestinians reported injured in Jerusalem-area clashes

At least eight Palestinians were reportedly wounded in clashes with Israeli police that occurred shortly after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged all parties to practice restraint in Jerusalem.

The clashes included the firing of flare guns by Palestinian men at police guarding the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem on Friday, the news site news.walla.co.il reported on Friday. Police responded by firing crown dispersal means at the Palestinians, who fled the scene.

In another incident, eight Palestinians were injured during clashes following Friday prayers near the Qalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem, the Ma’an news agency reported. One of the wounded sustained serious injuries, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The violence unfolded one day after Israel briefly closed the Temple Mount compound for access. It was the first blanket closure in a decade, according to Army Radio.

Late Thursday night, Kerry released a statement in which he wrote that he was “extremely concerned by escalating tensions across Jerusalem and particularly surrounding the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount,” adding: “It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount — in word and in practice.”

That day, a 70-year-old Jewish woman was lightly wounded and several cars were damaged in rioting by Palestinians who targeted Israeli vehicles with stones, Israel Radio reported.

Israel more than doubled the presence of police in Jerusalem’s Old City ahead of the weekend, deploying a total of 3,000 officers, Israel Radio reported. The special deployment followed the shooting of a right-wing activist, Yehuda Glick, on Wednesday. He is seriously wounded but appears to be recovering, doctors said Thursday.

Israel’s internal security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, told reporters Friday that the shooter was Muataz Hijazi, an operative for the Islamic Jihad terror group, though his family members deny this, Army Radio reported.

Israeli teen, Palestinian man injured in Hebron clashes

A Palestinian man and an Israeli teen were injured in clashes in Hebron.

An Israeli girl and a friend were hit by stones thrown by Palestinians as they walked home Tuesday night in a Hebron neighborhood near the Cave of the Patriarchs. The girl’s hand was broken in the attack.

Later, Jewish settlers confronted the alleged stone throwers, injuring one Palestinian man. He reportedly was treated in a nearby hospital.

The clashes come several days after Israeli Border Police were accused by Hebron settlers of choking a 9-year-old Jewish boy who was playing near the contested Machpela House, evacuated of Jewish settlers earlier this month, which is surrounded by a closed military zone.

The boy reportedly entered the zone and was grabbed by police. Two settlers who tried to free the boy from the police were arrested for attacking an officer.

PA official Salam Fayad released from hospital

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was released from a Texas hospital, where he had been admitted with chest pains.

Fayyad, 59, was released Tuesday afternoon from the Seton Medical Center in Austin two days after undergoing a heart catheterization to open a blocked artery. He did not suffer a heart attack, as was reported earlier.

Fayyad, reportedly a heavy smoker, was in Texas for his son’s college graduation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to Congress on Tuesday morning wished Fayyad a speedy recovery.

An American-educated economist, Fayyad has enjoyed good relations with the United States and other Western countries.

The Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, citing unnamed sources, reported last week that Fayyad will not be allowed to stay on as prime minister in a new Palestinian unity government. There have been reports that he could serve in the next government as finance minister, a post he had held in previous Palestinian governments.