RAMALLAH, March 1 (JMCC) - Unknown assailants shot at and lightly injured a security guard at the settler outpost Beit Yonatan in Silwan
The outpost has been the center of controversy, as it was constructed without the proper building permits in the center of a crowded Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem
The shooting comes in the midst of tensions over the Jerusalem holy sites. On Sunday, over a dozen Palestinians and four policeman were injured after clashes broke out in the al-Aqsa mosque compound and spread to other areas of the Old City.
The walled city was tense again Monday as Israeli police continued to bar the gates of the mosque compound to worshipers under the age of 50, while hundreds of foreign visitors toured the holy site.
During a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
in Amman, Jordan's King Abdullah warned against the dangerous consequences of provocative Israeli moves and acts of aggression against the al-Aqsa Mosque – moves which Jordan condemns, said the official news agency.
Silwan, which adjoins the Old City, has been the focus of an intensive Israeli settlement effort as part of a series of sites important to Judaism that ring the walled city.