• April 16, 2024

Many Injured In Clashes Between Palestinians, Israeli Police In Jerusalem : NPR

Israeli police arrested a Palestinian during a protest on the Masjid al-Aqsa grounds in East Jerusalem on Sunday. Eyad Tawil / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Hide caption

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Israeli police arrested a Palestinian during a protest on the Masjid al-Aqsa grounds in East Jerusalem on Sunday.

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The multi-night violence continued in Jerusalem as Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on Saturday and many were injured.

Protesters threw stones and water bottles at the police. The officers responded with rubber bullets, stun grenades and water cannons.

According to Palestinian medics, around 100 Palestinians were injured in the clashes. Most injuries are the result of rubber bullets and stun grenades. CNN reports citing the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Police said some officers were also wounded during the riot.

Tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers gathered in prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s old city on Saturday to celebrate the “Night of Fate,” the holiest night on the Islamic calendar.

But outside the gates of the mosque, the Palestinians fought with the Israeli police for the second night in a row.

Over 200 Palestinians and several Israeli police officers were wounded in the clashes on Friday. The riots follow weeks of sporadic violence between Israelis and Palestinians over possible evictions of Palestinians from land claimed by Jewish settlers.

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More clashes are expected on Monday when Israeli ultra-nationalists hold their annual Jerusalem Day march. The parade that The Associated Press said, was approved by police on Sunday, despite current tensions, will go through parts of East Jerusalem that was captured and annexed by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War.

On Friday, Israeli settlers and Palestinians clashed on a street in Sheikh Jarrah’s East Jerusalem neighborhood, where Palestinian families are fighting a court-ordered eviction.

A long-standing legal battle over the eviction has led to conflicts in the last few days. The Israeli Supreme Court delayed its decision on whether to evict Palestinian residents from land claimed by Jewish settlers as their own. The court was due to announce its decision on Monday.

The United Nations called Israel stop all evictions in the neighborhood.

The US is also against the eviction of Palestinians and has pressed for calm. The State Department said it was “deeply concerned about the increased tensions”.

“It is important to avoid unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions or further remove us from peace,” a department spokesman said in a statement. “As we approach a sensitive period in the coming days, it will be of vital importance for all parties to maintain calm and act responsibly in order to reduce tension and avoid violent confrontations.”


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