By Stephen Farrell and Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police exterior the Outdated Metropolis of Jerusalem on Saturday as tens of 1000’s of Muslim worshippers prayed on the close by Al-Aqsa Mosque on Islam’s holy evening of Laylat al- Qadr. Palestinian youth threw stones, lit fires and tore down police barricades within the streets resulting in the walled Outdated Metropolis gates as officers on horseback and in riot gear used stun grenades and water cannons to repel them.
By Stephen Farrell and Maayan Lubell
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police exterior the Outdated Metropolis of Jerusalem on Saturday as tens of 1000’s of Muslim worshippers prayed on the close by Al-Aqsa Mosque on Islam’s holy evening of Laylat al-Qadr.
Palestinian youth threw stones, lit fires and tore down police barricades within the streets resulting in the walled Outdated Metropolis gates as officers on horseback and in riot gear used stun grenades and water cannons to repel them.
No less than 80 folks had been injured, together with minors and a one-year-old, and 14 had been taken to hospital, the Palestine Purple Crescent mentioned. Israeli police mentioned at the least one officer was harm.
“They don’t need us to hope. There’s a struggle day-after-day, day-after-day there are clashes. On daily basis there are troubles,” mentioned Mahmoud al-Marbua, 27, talking close to the Outdated Metropolis’s Damascus Gate. Pointing to police chasing youths and firing thunder-flashes at them, he added: “Look how they’re firing at us. How can we dwell?”
Tensions have mounted within the metropolis all through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, amid rising anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from Jerusalem properties on land claimed by Jewish settlers.
Within the Palestinian Gaza Strip, lots of of protesters gathered alongside the border with Israel. The Israeli army mentioned the crowds threw burning tires and firecrackers from the troops.
Gaza militants fired at the least one rocket into Israel which landed in an open space, the army mentioned.
“We salute the ppl. Of Al-Aqsa, who oppose the conceitedness of the Zionists & we name on our ppl. In Palestine to help their brothers by all means,” Moussa Abu Marzouk, a frontrunner of the armed Islamist group Hamas that guidelines Gaza, mentioned on Twitter.
Israel mentioned it was beefing up safety forces on Saturday in anticipation of additional confrontations in Jerusalem, the occupied West Financial institution and Gaza after fierce clashes erupted the earlier evening at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
A Palestinian official mentioned Egypt was mediating between the perimeters to stop additional escalation and Saturday’s violence appeared much less pronounced than Friday’s occasions.
On Friday, police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades in direction of rock-hurling Palestinian youths on the mosque on the Noble Sanctuary / Temple Mount plaza holy to each Muslims and prisoners.
No less than 205 Palestinians and 18 Israeli officers had been injured in Friday’s confrontations, which drew worldwide condemnations and requires calm.
Clashes have erupted nightly in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah – a neighborhood the place quite a few Palestinian households face eviction in a long-running authorized case. Police mentioned dozens of protesters threw stones at officers there on Saturday.
Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai mentioned further officers had been being deployed in Jerusalem on Saturday to “allow freedom of worship and preserve order and safety.”
“On the similar time, we is not going to permit violent riots, lawbreaking or the harming of cops. We ask everybody to calm the spirits and violence, significantly on such an essential day for the Muslim faith,” Shabtai mentioned in a press release.
The Israeli army mentioned it was boosting troops within the West Financial institution and close to the Gaza Strip, the place Palestinians have despatched incendiary balloons over the border, igniting brushfires within the Israeli territory. A army mentioned mentioned additional forces there would largely be firefighting ones.
The Center East quartet of mediators – the US, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations expressed concern over the violence and potential Jerusalem evictions.
“We name upon Israeli authorities to train restraint and to keep away from measures that may escalate the scenario throughout this era of Muslim Holy Days,” the Quartet mentioned in a press release.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned in a press release that legislation and order can be maintained in Jerusalem as would the suitable to worship.
Tv footage confirmed buses of Muslim worshippers heading from Israeli Arab cities to Al-Aqsa being stopped by police on the principle freeway to Jerusalem.
Phrase of the roadblock unfold on social media, drawing lots of of younger males from close by Arab villages and from Jerusalem.
Dozens drove their vehicles the improper manner down the now-empty Jerusalem-bound lanes, choosing up fellow Muslims who had deserted their very own automobiles to begin the uphill trek on foot. Some chanted in Arabic: “With our souls and our blood, we’ll redeem you, Al-Aqsa!”
Police mentioned it was stopping solely these planning to participate in riots earlier than the buses had been allowed to proceed. Scuffles broke out and photographs confirmed officers firing stun grenades.
Stress was anticipated to stay excessive over the following few days. Israel’s Supreme Courtroom will maintain a listening to on the Sheikh Jarrah evictions on Monday, the identical day that Israel marks Jerusalem Day – its annual celebration of its seize of East Jerusalem through the 1967 Center East struggle.
Palestinians need East Jerusalem because the capital of a future state. Israel claims your entire metropolis as its everlasting, indivisible capital. Its annexation of the jap part was not acknowledged internationally.
(Further reporting by Maayan Lubell, Ronen Zvulun and Sinan Abu Mayzer in Jerusalem; Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Rami Ayyub in Tel Aviv and Dan Williams on Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Freeway; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Enhancing by Andrew Heavens, Frances Kerry and Daniel Wallis)
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