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At least 105 Palestinians were injured in clashes in occupied East Jerusalem that followed a march by far-right Israelis.

More than 100 Palestinians and 20 Israeli policemen were injured in violent overnight clashes that followed far-right Israelis marched in occupied East Jerusalem and chanted “death for the Arabs”.

The Palestinian Red Crescent says it has treated at least 105 people, of whom about 20 have been hospitalized. Israeli police said 20 officers were injured, three of them were taken to hospital.

Violence erupted outside one of the walled Old City entrances, where far-right Israelis completed a march in which participants harassed Palestinians and chanted “death for Arabs “and waved the banners:” Death for terrorists “.

When the Palestinians heard reports of an Israeli march organized by a far-right group, Lehava, they gathered thousands near the Damascus Gate with ambulances running up and down amid the crowds with whistle. howl

Hundreds of Israeli policemen in riot attire sealed the area to prevent the Israeli and Palestinian crowds from meeting each other, creating a 50 meter (164 feet) tall uninhabited land between them and the Palestinian youth group. .

On horseback policemen splashed water at Israelis, pushing them out of their positions at the Old City’s New Gate – just 600 meters (meters) away from the Palestinians gathered at the Damascus Gate – and toward the central Jaffa Road heart of Jerusalem.

There have been nightly disturbances in the area since the start of Ramadan on April 13 when Palestinians complained that police had blocked the entrance to the promenade around the walls, a popular gathering place for people. Palestine after the end of the daytime Ramadan fasting month.

“Palestinians like to relax in this area after evening prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the occupation [Israel] do not like it. It’s a matter of sovereignty, ”said Jerusalem resident Mohammad Abu al-Homus, pointing to metal barriers erected by the local police in recent weeks.

Tensions skyrocketed

However, police said the measure is part of their effort to ensure that tens of thousands of Muslims have secure access to the main Muslim prayer site in the Old City, known as is a noble sanctuary.

Tensions have increased in recent days in Jerusalem, which has long been the focus of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and home to holy sites for Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Thai.

The Palestinian Presidential Office condemned “the growing incitement of Israel’s far-right settlement groups” and called for “the international community to protect the Palestinian people from the ongoing settler attacks” .

“East Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine and the red line,” the president said in a press release Thursday.

Hamas, Gaza’s manager, also condemned the violence and called “it was an Israeli conspiracy against the Al-Aqsa Mosque – one of Islam’s most revered sites.”

Protests against Palestinians

In recent days, Jewish “extremists” have come to the streets to bully Arabs in nightly confrontations.

The show of force comes after a video posted on TikTok purportedly showed a Palestinian slapping an extremist Jewish man aboard Jerusalem’s light rail train. Other videos taken in response appear to show Israeli attacks on Arabs.

Police used metal barriers to block far-right protesters a few hundred meters from the Damascus Gate. They then used tornadoes, stun grenades and police mounts to repel them west of Jerusalem by the Jews.

Police said in a statement that 50 arrests were made, but did not specify whether the arrested were Palestinian or Israeli and did not mention any specific cases of violence.

Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and annexed it in a move not recognized by most of the international community.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state. Its fate was one of the most divisive issues in the peace process, which had been halted more than 10 years ago.

Thousands of Palestinians are expected to attend the weekly prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City late on Friday. This site is the third holiest in Islam and holiest among Jews, who call it Temple Mountain.

The vast hilltop mecca has been the site of clashes for years and was the epicenter of the first Intifada uprising in 2000.



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