Huge clashes broke out between the Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers who took to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, as tensions over the pending eviction of some Palestinian households boiled over on the finish of Ramadan.
At the very least 53 Palestinians had been injured in clashes with police throughout Jerusalem on Friday, together with close to the Al-Aqsa mosque, the Palestinian Pink Crescent stated, including that almost all affected folks suffered accidents to their faces and eyes after being hit however rubber bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades.
Surprising video coming from the Haram al-Sharif, the place Israeli border patrol attacked worshippers tonight, in yet one more act of provocation throughout this month of Ramadan. It appears Netanyahu’s police are working further laborious to trigger a breakdown. Worrying. pic.twitter.com/T2It7S4PyS
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Ongoing clashes between police and Palestinians close to Damascus Gate by Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis.(Video through Channel 12) pic.twitter.com/WvzpTD8CKI
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Earlier, the Israeli media additionally reported that no less than 12 cops suffered accidents. Fierce scuffles broke out after the Israeli police deployed massive forces to the Al-Aqsa mosque, the place tens of 1000’s of Muslims gathered for the final Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan.
The worshippers began hurling chairs, rocks and sneakers on the police that responded through the use of rubber bullets, tear gasoline and stun grenades. Footage printed on the social media present crowds throwing what seems to be items of furnishings and rocks on the officers in riot gear amid the skinny plumes of what seems to be smoke or tear gasoline.
In some unspecified time in the future, among the protesters could be seen dashing at police and even leaping on the officers. A big group of worshippers additionally discovered itself trapped contained in the mosque on account of the clashes.
Israeli forces are throwing stun grenades and capturing rubber bullets at Palestinians inside Al Aqsa mosque, successfully trapping them inside. Dozens are wounded, however medics are usually not being allowed by way of to deal with the injured. pic.twitter.com/ww565EldBF
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Clearing the media from the plateau, one Israeli officer threatened to interrupt the digital camera of a Ruptly operator, interrupting the reside feed from the scene. Ruptly was again on-line a number of minutes later, nonetheless.
Israeli authorities additionally closed the Damascus Gate and cordoned off Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis to take the scenario underneath management.
“The Israel Police won’t give up to any provocation and can proceed to permit everybody, whoever they’re, the liberty to exhibit throughout the limits of the regulation. With this, we’ll proceed to behave uncompromisingly in instances the place the regulation is breached,” the regulation enforcement stated in an announcement on Friday.
“We won’t enable the disruption of order, any type of violence and makes an attempt to hurt officers whereas profiting from the liberty of faith,” stated one other assertion, issued after the police regained management over the Temple Mount.
The plateau covers the ruins of the traditional Hebrew Temple, destroyed by Romans in 70 CE, and thought of the holiest website in Judaism. The Mount can be sacred to Muslims, nonetheless, and is dwelling to a few mosques and 4 minarets.
The present unrest was triggered by a twist in a protracted authorized battle between a number of Palestinian households and Israeli settlers that search to displace them from the close by Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Palestinian protesters and Israeli police have clashed within the space all through Ramadan.
As an Israeli excessive court docket choose is contemplating whether or not to overrule the Palestinians’ eviction, France, Germany and the UK have referred to as upon Tel Aviv to stop its settlement growth within the occupied West Financial institution. The UN additionally warned Israel that its pressured evictions in East Jerusalem would possibly “quantity to struggle crimes.”
In the meantime, the unrest dangers sparking a bigger battle between Israel and Palestinians. Chief of the Islamist militant group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, despatched a direct message to the outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warning him in opposition to taking part in “with hearth.”
“We are going to defend Jerusalem it doesn’t matter what sacrifices we should make,” Haniyeh reportedly stated, in accordance with the Israeli media, which additionally reported a number of Palestinians waved the flags of Hamas close to Al-Aqsa on Friday.
Chief of one other militant group – Islamic Jihad – additionally stated on Friday that “it’s not possible to tolerate what is occurring in Jerusalem and the enemy should anticipate our response at any second.”
In the meantime, Qatar slammed the deployment of the Israeli safety forces to the Temple Mount, which it referred to as a “provocation” in opposition to hundreds of thousands of Muslims all over the world.
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