|A Palestinian demonstrator hurls back a tear-gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes at a protest near the West Bank city of Nablus|
The spokesman did not elaborate on the circumstances of Friday’s arrests, which came as Israel confronted Palestinian protests against US President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.
The Turkish consulate in Jerusalem had no immediate comment.
Unverified bystander video appeared to show Israeli police detaining several fez-wearing men and boys in the walled Old City of East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and which Palestinians want as capital of their own future state.
Although Trump left open the possibility of Israelis and Palestinians drawing up Jerusalem borders under a future peace deal, his announcement reversed decades of US reticence over the city’s status. Turkey has been a vocal opponent of his move.