Thousands of Israelis marched in a controversial flag-waving procession by way of east Jerusalem on Sunday, after Palestinian factions warned the occasion may ignite a brand new spherical of tensions.
Crowds waving Israeli flags set off from Damascus Gate – the principle entry to the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City – dancing and chanting “the nation of Israel lives” and “death to Arabs.”
Israeli police in riot gear blocked surrounding streets, forcibly eradicating Palestinian protesters from the route.
Seventy-nine Palestinians have been injured in Jerusalem by rubber bullets, sound grenades and pepper spray, he Palestinian Red Crescent Society mentioned, and one protester was shot with dwell hearth.
Twenty-eight folks have been evacuated to the hospital following clashes with Israeli safety forces and Israeli marchers, in line with the company.
At least 163 Palestinians have been additionally injured within the West Bank. At least 11 of these accidents have been attributable to dwell bullets, in line with the Red Crescent.
More than 50 folks have been arrested and detained for involvement in incidents of riots and assaulting law enforcement officials, Israel’s police mentioned in an announcement Sunday.
Five law enforcement officials have been flippantly injured within the varied incidents and wanted medical remedy, the police additionally mentioned. Over 2,000 law enforcement officials and volunteers had been deployed all through Jerusalem.
The flag march is an annual parade the place principally nationalist Jewish teams have fun Israel gaining management of the Western Wall in the course of the 1967 Six-Day War and capturing East Jerusalem, putting the complete metropolis underneath Israeli management.
The march has additionally been a flashpoint with Palestinian residents of the Old City in earlier years.