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Violence breaks out in east Jerusalem neighborhood

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- At least five Palestinian residents and five Israeli police officers were injured in a brawl that broke out in an east Jerusalem neighborhood Saturday.

The Palestinians were wounded when Jewish settlers opened fire on them in the Silwan neighborhood, according to Palestinians eyewitnesses and the neighborhood information center, which represents Arab residents in the area. Mahmoud Qaraeen of the Silwan Information Center said a brawl started when settlers in the area provoked the residents by gathering in front of their houses and started shouting provocative slogans and shouting profanity.

However, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld disputed the claims, saying no Jewish settlers were involved in the Silwan violence Saturday. He said it all started when Palestinians hurled rocks at Israeli policemen on patrol, leaving five of them lightly injured.