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Step by step, the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians


Details of the chronology of the clashes, which began on the streets of Jerusalem and spread to Gaza and the West Bank.

05/17/2021 6:01 AM

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Updated 05/17/2021 6:01 AM

Israel and the Palestinians

began one of the largest escalations of violence in recent years in early May.

This is the chronology of the clashes, which began in the streets of Jerusalem and spread to Gaza and the West Bank.

On May 3

, riots broke out in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, near the Old City, during a demonstration in support of Palestinian families threatened with eviction from their homes for the benefit of Jewish settlers.

The question of the status of Jerusalem is one of the main points of contention between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel regards the entire city as its "indivisible" capital, while the Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of their future state.

Smoke after the attack on a building in Gaza.

AP Photo

On the 7th, tens of thousands of worshipers congregate

on the Esplanade of the Mosques - called the Temple Mount by the Jews - for the last great prayer on Friday before the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

According to the Israeli police, the Palestinians fire projectiles at the security forces, which they reply with deafening grenades and rubber bullets.

On the 8th, new clashes leave a hundred wounded

in other areas of East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

There are also injuries among the Israeli policemen.

On the evening of May 10,

the Islamist movement Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, fires rocket salvoes at Israel, which retaliates against the Palestinian enclave.

The following day, Hamas launched a barrage of projectiles towards Tel Aviv, after the destruction of a 12-story building in Gaza, where heavyweights of the movement had their offices.

On the 11th, in several "mixed" Israeli cities,

where Jews and Palestinians with Israeli citizenship coexist, violent riots break out.

Israeli Arabs, who make up 20% of Israel's population, are the Palestinians who stayed on their land after the country's creation in 1948.

In Lod, near Tel Aviv, a state of emergency is declared

following the "riots"

that broke out after the violent death of an Israeli Arab.

Scenes of violence multiply in other "mixed" localities.

More than 400 people, Jews and Arabs, are arrested.

On the 12th, Washington announces the dispatch of a special emissary.

Russia calls for an emergency meeting of the Middle East Quartet (EU, Russia, United States, UN).

The next day Israel deploys tanks and artillery on the border to support aerial bombardments.

The Defense Ministry gives its authorization to the army to mobilize thousands of reservists.

On the 14th, protests in the occupied West Bank lead to clashes

against the Israeli army: 11 Palestinians are killed and more than 150 protesters are injured, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry and the Red Crescent.

On the 15th

, two Palestinians die in clashes with Israeli soldiers.

In Gaza, two women and eight children from the same family are killed in an Israeli bombing of a refugee camp.

A building in the city that housed, among others, the equipment of the Qatari television network Al Jazeera and the American press agency Associated Press (AP)

is reduced to rubble in a bombing by the Israeli army

that had requested the evacuation of the building.

An Israeli is killed in the outskirts of Tel Aviv by Hamas rocket fire.

On the 16th, Israeli aviation bombed

the home of Hamas political chief Yahya Sinwar, and 17 Palestinians were killed in other bombings in the enclave.

Since the start of this new cycle of violence on May 10,

Palestinians have died,

including dozens of children, and 10 people in Israel.

Source: AFP


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