Clashes Between Palestinians, Israeli Police In Jerusalem Leave Many Injured

Clashes Between Palestinians, Israeli Police In Jerusalem Leave Many Injured”

Muslim women assembled outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Russian Federation on Saturday condemned attacks on civilians after violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound and urged both sides to refrain from escalating violence.

Palestinian youth threw stones, lit fires and tore down police barricades in the streets leading to the walled Old City gates as officers on horseback and in riot gear used stun grenades and water cannons to repel them. "Every day there are troubles", said Mahmoud al-Marbua, 27, speaking near the Old City's Damascus Gate.

Television footage showed buses of Muslim worshippers heading from Israeli Arab cities to Al-Aqsa being stopped by police on the main highway to Jerusalem.

Palestinian medics said a number of protesters were injured.

The violence, along with the planned evictions in east Jerusalem, have drawn condemnations from Israel's Arab allies and expressions of concern from the United States, Europe and the United Nations.

"We strongly condemn attacks against civilians", it said in a statement. Sullivan urged Israel "to pursue appropriate measures to ensure calm during Jerusalem Day commemorations", according to a statement by National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne.

The US, EU and the Middle East Quarter were among those to have call for calm in Jerusalem. Most of the injuries are the result of rubber bullets and stun grenades, CNN reports, citing the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Late Sunday, Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired four rockets toward Israel, setting off air raid sirens in the southern city of Ashkelon and nearby areas, the IDF said.

Qatar's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the Israeli police's "storming" of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, saying it was a "provocation to the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world, and a severe violation of human rights and worldwide accords".

Clashes have erupted nightly in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah - a neighbourhood where numerous Palestinian families face eviction in a long-running legal case.

Israeli police detain a Palestinian man during clashes at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Saturday night
Israeli police detain a Palestinian man during clashes at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Saturday night

Israel's Supreme Court was due to hear the appeal of the families, who could be forcibly removed from the properties, a prospect which has caused an global outcry.

The Supreme Court said the hearing, which was supposed to take place Monday, was canceled at the request of the State Attorney General.

The justice ministry said on Sunday that in light of "all the circumstances", it would delay the court hearing.

But Jerusalem remained on edge ahead of a march planned for Monday to commemorate Israel's takeover of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, an anniversary known as Jerusalem Day in the Jewish state.

Jerusalem Police District Commander Doron Turgeman said on Sunday night that a final decision on whether to change the route of the march will not be made until a situational assessment tomorrow morning. Israel views all of the city as its capital, including the eastern part that it annexed in a move that has not won global recognition.

This latest incident capped a week of unrest in the Holy City and the occupied West Bank.

Senate President Faisal al-Fayez called on the global community to shoulder its moral and legal responsibility to stop the "herds of settlers and state-sponsored terrorism of the Israeli extremist right government against Palestinians", state-run Petra news agency reported.

Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza Strip have voiced support for the Palestinian protesters and warned Israel of retribution if evictions proceed in Sheikh Jarrah.

"I am glad that the Arab League has called an emergency meeting in this regard". Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Pakistan and Qatar - as well as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which normalised relations with Israel a year ago - have all also sharply criticised Israel.

Israel responded to the earlier launches by closing the fishing zone off Gaza, a typical sanction in response to launches from the Palestinian enclave.

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