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Jerusalem: at least 163 injured in clashes around the Esplanade des Mosques

2021-05-09T14:02:35.055Z

Friday is the day of prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque site. The tension was high in the holy city for the three big r



Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police, especially on the Esplanade des Mosques, left at least 169 injured Friday night in Jerusalem, rescue workers and local police said.

In a final update, the Palestinian Red Crescent said 163 protesters were injured, more than 80 of whom had to be taken to hospital, while the Israeli police counted six injured in its ranks.

These new tensions in Jerusalem are held against the backdrop of the eviction of Palestinian families.

Fifteen Palestinians were arrested overnight from Thursday to Friday following clashes between Israeli security forces and protesters opposing his deportations.

The clashes are the latest in a deadly day in which Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians after three men opened fire at an Israeli base in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli police stood ready to intervene as tens of thousands of people crowded the Esplanade des Moqueses on the last Friday of Ramadan.

Many believers remained to protest on behalf of Palestinians threatened with eviction from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.

The district of Cheikh Jarrah, at the heart of the conflict

Protesters threw stones, assaulted civilians and law enforcement officials and set a car on fire, police said in a statement.

Clashes erupted on Thursday evening in a neighborhood in East Jerusalem at the heart of a heated battle in court over the fate of Palestinian families threatened with eviction in favor of Israeli settlers.

The tenor of the Israeli extreme right, Itamar Ben Gvir, deputy of the formation “Religious Zionism”, had visited the district of Sheikh Jarrah, at the heart of the conflict, to support the Jewish inhabitants of the district, a few hours after the postponement to Monday by the Supreme Court of a hearing in the case of families threatened with eviction. Palestinians threw projectiles at a tent set up in front of a house believed to be Itamar Ben Gvir's new parliamentary office.

Source: leparis

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