Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy web site on Monday, the most recent in a sequence of confrontations that’s pushing the contested metropolis to the brink of eruption.
Palestinian medics mentioned no less than 180 Palestinians had been damage within the violence on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, together with 80 who had been hospitalized.
Newbie video footage posted on social media confirmed police firing tear gasoline and stun grenades, a few of them touchdown contained in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest web site.
Police mentioned protesters hurled stones at officers and onto an adjoining roadway close to the Western Wall, the place hundreds of Israeli Jews had gathered to hope.
In an announcement, police alleged extremists had been behind the violence and mentioned it might “not permit extremists to hurt the security and safety of the general public.”
The newest clashes within the sacred compound got here after days of mounting tensions between Palestinians and Israeli authorities within the Previous Metropolis of Jerusalem, the emotional floor zero of the battle. A whole lot of Palestinians and about two dozen cops have been damage over the previous few days.
The Palestinian Crimson Crescent mentioned no less than 80 individuals injured within the skirmishes on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound required hospitalization. One was in critical situation. Newbie video footage posted on social media confirmed police stun grenades and tear gasoline contained in the mosque throughout skirmishes between officers and Palestinian protesters.
Police used tear gasoline, stun grenades
On Monday morning, officers fired tear gasoline and stun grenades and protesters hurled stones and different objects at police. Police mentioned protesters threw stones from the mosque compound onto an adjoining roadway close to the Western Wall, the place hundreds of Israeli Jews had gathered to hope. Palestinians mentioned police fired stun grenades into the compound.
The location, recognized to Jews because the Temple Mount and to Muslims because the Noble Sanctuary, is taken into account the holiest web site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. The compound is the epicentre of the battle and has been the set off for rounds of Israel-Palestinian violence previously.
Earlier, police barred Jews from visiting the Al-Aqsa compound on Monday, which Israelis mark as Jerusalem Day with a flag-waving parade by means of the Previous Metropolis and its Muslim Quarter to the Western Wall, the holiest web site the place Jews can pray. The marchers have a good time Israel’s seize of east Jerusalem within the 1967 Mideast struggle.
Israel captured east Jerusalem, together with the West Financial institution and Gaza Strip, within the 1967 struggle. It later annexed east Jerusalem, house to the town’s most delicate holy websites, and considers the whole metropolis its capital. The Palestinians search all three areas for a future state, with east Jerusalem as their capital.
The police choice to ban Jewish guests briefly from the holy web site got here hours earlier than the beginning of the Jerusalem Day march which is broadly perceived by Palestinians as a provocative show of Jewish hegemony over the contested metropolis.
Police have allowed the parade to happen regardless of rising issues that it may additional inflame the strain.
This yr the march coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of heightened non secular sensitivities, and follows weeks of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Violence has occurred nearly nightly all through Ramadan, starting when Israel blocked off a well-liked spot the place Muslims historically collect every night time on the finish of their daylong quick. Israel later eliminated the restrictions, however clashes shortly resumed amid tensions over the eviction plan in Sheikh Jarrah, an Arab neighborhood the place settlers have waged a prolonged authorized battle to take over properties.
Israel’s Supreme Courtroom postponed a key ruling Monday that might have led to the evictions of dozens of Palestinians from their properties, citing the “circumstances.”
The Israeli crackdown and deliberate evictions have drawn harsh condemnations from Israel’s Arab allies and expressions of concern from the U.S., European Union and United Nations.
The U.N. Safety Council scheduled closed consultations Monday on the hovering tensions in Jerusalem. Diplomats mentioned the assembly was requested by Tunisia, the Arab consultant on the council.
Late Sunday, the U.S. Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke to his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, and urged calm.
A White Home assertion mentioned that Sullivan known as on Israel to to “pursue acceptable measures to make sure calm” and expressed the U.S.’s “critical issues” in regards to the ongoing violence and deliberate evictions