A minimum of 57 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli police within the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Friday as violence persevered all the way through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a web site additionally respected by way of Jews, paramedics mentioned.
Israel mentioned this would bring in a much broader warfare. Two rockets have been fired from Gaza, one fell brief and the opposite hit the border with out injury. That is the 3rd such incident this week, disrupting months of relative calm at the Gaza entrance.
Al-Aqsa sits at the plateau of East Jerusalem’s Previous Town, which Israel captured within the 1967 struggle and annexed however has no longer won global popularity. The Palestinians need East Jerusalem to be the capital in their long-awaited long run state.
Palestinians accuse Israel of limiting Muslim worship in al-Aqsa, the 3rd maximum vital position in Islam, whilst no longer doing sufficient to put into effect a long-standing ban on Jewish prayer on the compound. Israel denies this.
Israeli police mentioned they intervened when loads of folks have been pelted with rocks and fireworks and approached the Western Wall the place Jewish worship was once happening. In keeping with police, a policewoman was once hit by way of a rock, and fireworks set hearth to a tree.
Witnesses to Reuters mentioned police entered the compound after Ramadan morning prayers and opened hearth with rubber-tipped bullets and stun grenades on the crowd, a few of which threw stones. The police extensively utilized a drone to liberate tear fuel.
The surge in violence in Jerusalem has raised fears of a repeat of ultimate 12 months’s struggle between Israel and the Hamas Islamists who rule Gaza.
Hamas militants “have their hands at the triggers in their rifles and we can protect the Al-Aqsa mosque with all our would possibly,” Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri mentioned at a rally in northern Gaza.
No Palestinian reality claimed Friday’s rocket salvo.
Since March 22, Arab attackers have killed 14 folks in Israel, together with 3 cops, and Israeli forces have killed a minimum of 14 Palestinians, together with militants and civilians, within the occupied West Financial institution, clinical officers say.
This 12 months, Ramadan coincides with the Jewish party of Passover. This has attracted extra Muslim and Jewish guests to the advanced, which is the remnant of 2 historical Jewish temples.
As in earlier years, Israel has suspended Jewish visits within the ultimate days of Ramadan since Friday, an Israeli legit mentioned.