Dozens extra folks have been injured Saturday as Israeli police fired water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse Palestinian protesters in annexed east Jerusalem, a day after fierce clashes on the metropolis’s Al-Aqsa mosque.
The recent violence, a day after greater than 200 folks have been wounded on the mosque, prompted worldwide requires an finish to the violence.
Police mentioned they dispersed the protest within the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood the place demonstrators had thrown stones at safety forces.
On the border with the Gaza Strip, troops fired tear fuel towards Palestinian protesters, as officers mentioned three incendiary balloons have been launched into Israel, inflicting fires however no accidents.
In Jerusalem, police mentioned they made three arrests for assaults on officers, whereas Palestinians reported 13 different arrests earlier within the day.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported 53 folks have been injured in Saturday’s clashes in Jerusalem.
AFP journalists in Jerusalem mentioned Israeli riot police had fired rubber bullets, sound grenades and water cannon on Palestininans Saturday, a few of whom threw projectiles on the police. One officer acquired a head harm, mentioned police.
On Friday, riot police stormed Al-Aqsa mosque compound, after they mentioned Palestinians threw rocks and fireworks at officers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the police actions.
“Israel is acting responsibly to ensure respect for law and order in Jerusalem while allowing freedom of worship,” he mentioned in a gathering of safety officers.
The violence was the worst in years at Al-Aqsa, Islam’s third-holiest web site after Mecca and Medina, positioned on the location Jews revere because the Temple Mount.
Palestinians have held nightly protests in Sheikh Jarrah towards an try by Israeli settlers to take over Arab properties.
On Saturday, protesters chanted, waved Palestinian flags and threw stones earlier than police moved in.
Dozens of Arab Israeli protesters additionally gathered throughout Israel in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah residents, holding up indicators that learn “the occupation is terrorism”.
A reporter for Israeli public TV tweeted footage of a Jewish driver whose automotive was attacked with stones and home windows shattered on the entrance to Sheikh Jarrah Saturday.
Police blocked buses stuffed with Arabs headed for Jerusalem from northern Israel, saying they might not be allowed “to participate in violent riots”.
Instead, a whole lot marched on highways resulting in town.
Thousands of worshippers stayed on at Al-Aqsa on Saturday for Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny), a peak of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The Islamist motion Hamas, which guidelines Gaza, urged Palestinians to stay at Al-Aqsa till Ramadan ends, warning that “the resistance is ready to defend Al-Aqsa at any cost”.
Outside the Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, Palestinians set hearth to a barricade earlier than police on horseback dispersed the protesters.
The Quartet of envoys from the European Union, Russia, US and the United Nations expressed “deep concnern” over the violence. “We call upon Israeli authorities to exercise restraint,” they wrote.
The United States — an Israeli ally whose tone has toughened underneath US President Joe Biden — mentioned it was “extremely concerned” and urged either side to “avoid steps that exacerbate tensions or take us farther away from peace”.
“This includes evictions in east Jerusalem, settlement activity, home demolitions and acts of terrorism,” the State Department mentioned.
The European Union referred to as on the authorities “to act urgently to de-escalate the current tensions,” saying “violence and incitement are unacceptable and the perpetrators on all sides must be held accountable”.
Russia voiced “deep concern”, calling the expropriation of land and property within the occupied Palestinian territories together with east Jerusalem “a violation of international law”.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas mentioned he held the Israeli authorities liable for the unrest and voiced “full support for our heroes in Al-Aqsa”.
Yair Lapid, an Israeli politician making an attempt to kind a coalition authorities to interchange Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, backed the police.
“The state of Israel will not let violence run loose and definitely will not allow terror groups to threaten it,” he tweeted.
The Al-Aqsa clashes drew sharp rebukes throughout the Arab and Muslim world.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced Israel as a “cruel terrorist state” in a speech in Ankara Saturday, calling on the United Nations to intervene to “stop the persecution”.
Jordan condemned Israel’s “barbaric attack” and Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Pakistan and Qatar have been amongst Muslim nations that blasted Israeli forces for the confrontation.
Israel additionally drew criticism from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, two nations that signed normalisation accords with the Jewish state final 12 months.
Iran referred to as on the United Nations to sentence the Israeli police actions, arguing that “this war crime once again proved to the world the criminal nature of the illegitimate Zionist regime”.
Tensions are anticipated to stay excessive in Jerusalem.
Israel’s supreme courtroom is to carry a brand new listening to within the Sheikh Jarrah case on Monday, when Israelis mark Jerusalem Day to rejoice the “liberation” of town.
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