Confrontations erupted on Thursday evening between Israeli forces and Palestinian residents of the East Jerusalem village of Silwan, Violence was concentrated in the Baten al-Hawa area, where Israeli soldiers have been occupying the roof of a Palestinian residence for over six months now.

Dozens of residents suffered the asphyxiating effects of tear gas inhalation when fired by Israeli troops. Youths threw Molotov cocktails at soldiers in response.

This makeshift military base has been a point of contention and scene of violence on many occasions, with clashes erupting in the past when it had been previously set on fire.

Meanwhile in the Bir Ayyub district, which is also in Silwan, an Israeli military jeep was torched during clashes. Live ammunition has been used by Israeli forces and the atmosphere throughout the village is extremely tense.