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At least 100 injured after new clash between Israeli police and Palestinians


On Friday there were up to 205 people injured in the first night of clashes between police and Palestinians.

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At least 100 people were injured after Israeli police confronted Palestinians in Jerusalem for the second night in a row on Saturday, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent organization.

After the clashes, all the wounded were Palestinians;

most of them were injured with rubber bullets or stun grenades, Palestinian Red Crescent said on Sunday.

Ten of the wounded were treated inside the compound of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem;

five injured by rubber bullets received care at the scene;

Four with injuries to their hands and feet were also treated at the scene;

and a person with a face wound was transferred to the hospital, the organization said.

These latest clashes also came after up to 205 people were injured in the Al Aqsa Mosque on Friday, when Israeli police in riot gear clashed with Palestinians after evening prayers, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

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Eviction of Palestinians

Tension also increased in East Jerusalem over the possible eviction of Palestinian families living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

On Wednesday night, 22 people were injured in acts of violence, according to Palestinian Red Crescent, two of whom required hospitalization.


In that incident, dozens of supporters of the families threatened with eviction gathered in front of the houses in question, chanting and singing songs, and some 20 Jewish Israelis also gathered nearby playing loud music.

The violence erupted after Palestinian protesters refused to follow police instructions to clear the road.

When the police intervened, clashes broke out.

Six of those injured on Saturday were under the age of 18, including a one-year-old boy, according to Palestinian Red Crescent.

The clashes took place in various places in Jerusalem, at the Damascus Gate and in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

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What did the Israeli police say?

Israeli police said they began to disperse protesters at the Damascus Gate after they threw stones, fireworks and other objects at security officers.

There were no reports of injuries among the Israelis.

Eighty-eight of those injured on Friday were treated in hospitals, most of them with injuries caused by rubber bullets, Palestinian Red Crescent said.

About twenty of them were treated in field hospitals created to deal with the wounded from the night of the most important riots in recent years in the city.

A video showed the explosion of stun grenades on the grounds of the mosque - known as the Noble Shrine for Muslims and the Temple Mount for Jews - some of which fell inside the mosque building and dispersed the worshipers.

On Friday, police said at least six officers were injured in clashes after worshipers began throwing stones and other objects.

The Palestinians claim that the riots broke out after some of them were prevented from entering the mosque compound and attempted to displace police barricades.

Earlier, tens of thousands of faithful had gathered at the site for the noon prayers.

Many waved Palestinian national flags, as well as the Hamas green flag.

They sang songs in support of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem.

There were also chants calling on Mohammed Deif, leader of Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzeldin Al-Qassam Brigades, to carry out his threat earlier in the week to "make the enemy pay dearly (for) the aggression against our people."

United States concern

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday that "the United States is extremely concerned about the ongoing clashes" in Jerusalem.

"We call on Israeli and Palestinian officials to act decisively to defuse tensions and end the violence," Price said in a statement.

"It is absolutely crucial that all parties exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historical status on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount, in word and in practice."

Reaction of the UN envoys

Envoys from the four entities - Russia, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations (UN) - involved in mediating peace between the Palestinians and Israel are "closely monitoring the situation," the Office said. from the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East in a statement.

“The envoys noted with grave concern the possible evictions of Palestinian families from the homes where they have lived for generations in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, and express their opposition to unilateral actions, which will only do aggravate the already tense environment, "says the statement.

"We call on the Israeli authorities to exercise restraint and avoid measures that further aggravate the situation during this period of Muslim holy days," he adds.

“We ask all parties to maintain and respect the situation in the holy places.

All leaders have the responsibility to act against extremists, and to speak out against all acts of violence and incitement, "he says.

The European Commission also condemned the violence and expressed concern about possible evictions.

"These actions are illegal under international humanitarian law and only serve to fuel tensions on the ground," Peter Stano, chief spokesman for the European Commission for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said in a statement.

Egypt, Jordan and Palestine

Egypt's Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning what it called "the Israeli authorities' assault on the mosque" and calling on Israel to fulfill its responsibility to protect Palestinian civilians and their right to practice their religion. freely.

The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs echoed this message, stating that "the assault on the sanctuary and the attack on the peaceful faithful is a grave violation, an act of barbarism, and is strongly condemned and rejected."

A spokesman for the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, said that the international community should provide protection to the Palestinians and, in particular, urged the Joe Biden government to pressure Israel to stop its attacks “so that matters do not come to pass. to a stage that cannot be controlled.

With information from Kareem Khadder, Abeer Salman and Andrew Carey in Jerusalem, and Ibrahim Dahman in Gaza.

Source: cnnespanol

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