All of the injured are Palestinian and most had been damage by rubber bullets or stun grenades, the Red Crescent stated. At least 11 of the 64 injured have been taken to hospitals.
That’s after as many as 205 individuals had been injured at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque Friday, when Israeli police in riot gear clashed with Palestinians following night prayers, in keeping with the Palestinian Red Crescent.
Tensions have been rising in East Jerusalem in earlier days over the attainable eviction of Palestinian households residing there. On Wednesday evening, 22 individuals had been injured in a neighborhood there, in keeping with the Red Crescent, two of which wanted hospital therapy.
In that incident, dozens of supporters of the households threatened with eviction gathered outdoors the homes in query, chanting and singing songs, with about 20 Jewish Israelis additionally gathered close by enjoying loud music. Violence broke out after Palestinian protesters refused to comply with police instruction to clear the highway. As police moved in, combating broke out.
Six of these injured Saturday are beneath 18 years outdated, together with a 1-year-old, in keeping with the Palestinian Red Crescent.
The clashes befell at a number of areas in Jerusalem, at Damascus Gate and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, the place some Palestinian households might face eviction.
Israeli police stated they started dispersing demonstrators at Damascus Gate after protesters threw stones, fireworks, and different objects at cops.
Eighty-eight of these injured Friday had been handled at hospitals, with most affected by wounds attributable to rubber-coated bullets, the Red Crescent stated. About 20 had been handled in area hospitals arrange to deal with accidents from probably the most important evening of unrest within the metropolis for years.
Video confirmed stun grenades going off throughout the mosque compound — often called the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims and the Temple Mount to Jews — with some touchdown contained in the mosque constructing and scattering worshipers.
On Friday, police say no less than six officers had been wounded when clashes broke out after worshipers began throwing rocks and different objects. Palestinians say the unrest was triggered after a few of them had been prevented from getting into the mosque compound and tried to maneuver police barricades.
Earlier within the day, tens of hundreds of worshipers had gathered on the web site for noon prayers.
Many waved Palestinian nationwide flags, in addition to the inexperienced flag of Hamas. They sang songs in help of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the place a number of Palestinian households are combating eviction from their houses.
There had been additionally chants calling on Mohammed Deif, chief of the Hamas armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, to comply with via on his menace from earlier within the week to “make the enemy pay dearly [for] the aggression against our people.”
International communities specific concern
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated Friday the “United States is extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations” in Jerusalem.
“We call on Israeli and Palestinian officials to act decisively to deescalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence,” Price stated in an announcement. “It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount — in word and in practice.”
Envoys from the 4 entities — Russia, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations — concerned in mediating peace between Palestinians and Israel – are “closely monitoring the situation,” the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East stated in an announcement.
“The Envoys noted with serious concern the possible evictions of Palestinian families from homes they have lived in for generations in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and voice opposition to unilateral actions, which will only escalate the already tense environment,” the assertion stated.
“We call upon Israeli authorities to exercise restraint and to avoid measures that would further escalate the situation during this period of Muslim Holy Days,” the assertion stated.
“We call on all sides to uphold and respect the status quo at the holy sites. All leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists and to speak out against all acts of violence and incitement.”
The EU Commission additionally expressed condemnation of the violence and concern in regards to the attainable evictions in an announcement.
“Such actions are illegal under international humanitarian law and only serve to fuel tensions on the ground,” EU Commission lead spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Peter Stano, stated.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry launched an announcement condemning what it known as “the Israeli authorities’ storming of the mosque” and known as on Israel to uphold its accountability to guard Palestinian civilians and their proper to apply their faith freely.
That message was echoed by Jordan’s Foreign Ministry, which stated, “the storming of the sanctuary and the assault on the peaceful worshipers is a grave violation, a barbaric act, and is strongly condemned and rejected.”
A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stated the worldwide group wanted to supply safety for Palestinians and particularly urged the Biden administration to strain Israel to stops its assaults “so that matters do not reach a stage that cannot be controlled.”
Reporting got here from Kareem Khadder, Abeer Salman and Andrew Carey in Jerusalem and Ibrahim Dahman in Gaza.