In Jerusalem, dozens were injured as rubber bullets and stones were thrown at mosques

Dozens of people were injured Friday, April 15, in Jerusalem, as clashes took place between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police early this morning in the mosque square, according to witnesses and rescue workers.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported, in a report provided by Agence France-Presse, that more than a hundred wounded were injured in the clashes that took place this morning in the Old City of East Jerusalem, a Palestinian sector occupied by Israel since 1967, before this balance was quickly adjusted. paper up. “One hundred and seventeen wounded people were transported.” in Jerusalem hospitals and “tens” A Palestinian Red Crescent official told AFP that they were treated at the site.

For its part, the occupation police reported that three of its members were injured. Most of the clashes lasted around 9:30 AM (7:30 AM French time).

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Throwing stones, rubber bullets, and tear gas

Rescue workers evacuate an injured person in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem, April 15, 2022.

Eyewitnesses spoke of Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli security forces and shooting rubber bullets at some Palestinian demonstrators. around 4 a.m., ‘Dozens of masked young rioters’Some of them raise the flags of the armed Islamic movement Hamas, “parade started” In the courtyard of mosques, and they threw stones at the adjacent Western Wall, the most important place of prayer in the Jewish tradition, the Israeli police said they intervened ” system recovery “.

According to an AFP photographer at the scene, the confrontations were fueled and more than a hundred Palestinians threw projectiles at the Israeli security forces. Videos circulating online also show that the police used tear gas and sound bombs against protesters. Other photos show people blocking themselves inside the mosque – which police say they did not enter – in what looks like clouds of tear gas.

Palestinian protesters clash with occupation police in the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza in Jerusalem, April 15, 2022.
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The third holy place for Islam, the Mosque Square is located in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian area occupied by Israel since 1967 that remains the scene of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters. During Ramadan in 2021, nightly demonstrations in Jerusalem and clashes even on the scene turned into eleven days of war between the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which holds power in the Gaza Strip, and Israel.

Twenty-one Palestinians were killed in the violence

Jordan runs the Esplanade des Mosques, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are located, but access to this place is under the control of Israel. Shortly before the start of Ramadan, on April 2 this year, Israeli and Jordanian officials intensified talks to avoid further clashes.

This weekend, in the middle of Ramadan, authorities fear slippage in the holy city as Christian Passover begins and Jews celebrate Easter with prayers at the Western Wall, a rare coincidence of calendars between the three major monotheistic religions.

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police on the mosque campus in Jerusalem, April 15, 2022.

Moreover, this violence in the heart of Jerusalem follows a series of attacks in Israel and Israeli operations in the West Bank, another area occupied by the Jewish state since 1967. Since March 22, Israel has been subjected to four attacks, carried out by Israeli Arabs linked to the Islamic State (ISIS), the first and the second were carried out by Palestinians from the Jenin sector in the West Bank.

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These attacks killed 14 people. In addition, 21 Palestinians, including assailants, have been killed in violence since that date, according to an AFP tally. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that three Palestinians were killed on Thursday in Israeli operations in the West Bank, also wounding several, one of whom finally died of his wounds on Friday.

Le Monde and Agence France-Presse

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