© Reuters. Israeli police collect as they conflict with Palestinians on the compound that homes Al-Aqsa Mosque, recognized to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis, Could 10, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad


By Jeffrey Heller

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Greater than 300 individuals have been harm in clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters outdoors the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Monday, as Israel marked the anniversary of its seize of components of town in a 1967 struggle.

Police fired tear gasoline, stun grenades and rubber bullets at a whole lot of Palestinians who hurled rocks at them at a holy compound that’s sacred to Muslims and Jews, witnesses stated.

The Palestinian Purple Crescent Society stated no less than 305 Palestinians have been injured and 228 of them have been taken to hospital, with a number of in vital situation. Police stated 21 officers have been injured.

Al-Aqsa, which is Islam’s third-holiest website, has been a focus of violence in Jerusalem all through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Tensions have been notably excessive due to the deliberate evictions of a number of Palestinian households from a neighbourhood in East Jerusalem.

The clashes have raised worldwide concern about wider battle. The White Home had referred to as on Israel to make sure calm throughout “Jerusalem Day”, its annual celebration of the seize of East Jerusalem and the walled Previous Metropolis that’s residence to Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy websites. [L8N2MX0K2]

In an effort to ease the state of affairs, Israeli police banned Jewish teams from paying Jerusalem Day visits to the holy plaza that homes al-Aqsa, and which Jews revere as the location of biblical Jewish temples.

The police additionally modified the route of a conventional Jerusalem Day march, wherein hundreds of Israeli flag-waving Jewish youth stroll via the Previous Metropolis, so it bypasses the Damascus Gate outdoors the Muslim quarter, which has been a flashpoint in latest weeks.

The violence on the holy compound abated a number of hours later and witnesses stated Israeli police pulled again and commenced permitting Palestinians over the age of 40, deemed much less seemingly to participate in confrontations, to enter.


In public remarks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Israel was decided to uphold legislation and order in Jerusalem whereas preserving “freedom of worship and tolerance for all”.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, accused “Israeli occupation forces” of conducting a “brutal raid” at al-Aqsa.

Israel views all of Jerusalem as its capital, together with the japanese half that it annexed in a transfer that has not gained worldwide recognition. Palestinians need East Jerusalem to be the capital of a state they search within the occupied West Financial institution and Gaza.

With tensions additionally stoked by the deliberate evictions from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, Israel’s attorney-general secured a deferment on Sunday of a Supreme Courtroom listening to on Monday within the long-running case.

A decrease court docket had present in favour of Jewish settlers’ declare to the land on which the Palestinians’ houses are positioned, a choice seen by Palestinians as an try by Israel to drive them out of contested Jerusalem.

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