Late Friday, Israelian police clashed with Palestinian worshipers at Masjid Al-Aqsa, a major holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews, after some weeks of violence in Jerusalem that echoed across the region. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service, around one hundred and thirty-six people wounded during the police attacks on worshipers, and around eighty-three hospitalized after facing severe injuries.
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Earlier on Friday, Israeli security forces shot and killed two Palestinian people and wounded another one after they opened fire on a base belonging to the paramilitary Border Police Force of Israel in the occupied West Banks, the latest event in several deadly clashes in the last few weeks that accorded with the Muslim’s Holy month of Ramadan. More conflicts possibly appear next week.
During recent weeks in east Jerusalem, tensions escalated which claimed by both sides, Palestinians and Israelis. At the start of Ramadan, the Israelian forces blocked off Palestinians popular gathering spots where they usually socialize at the end of their all-day-long fast. The move starts two weeks of fights and violence before Israel lifted the restrictions.
However, during the last some days, clashes once again resumed because of the Israeli threat removal of many Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, who involved in a prolonged legal clash with Israeli immigrants trying to obtain in the neighborhood.
The United States Officials Expressed its Deep Concerns about the Heightened Tensions
On the other side, the United States stated their deep concerns about the escalated tensions and called on both parties to work to de-escalate them. Additionally, America expressed its concern about the threatened removals of the restrictions. Jalina Porter, the spokeswoman of the U.S. State Department, tells reporters in Washington that it is difficult to avoid autonomous steps that would worsen tensions or take America further away from the peace process. It would include home devastations, evictions, and settlement activity.
Furthermore, the Al-Aqsa Masjid compound is the 3rd holiest Islamic place in the world. Likewise, it is the most sacred site for Jews, who refer to the place as the Temple Mount and admire it as the place where the biblical Temples stood. It has long been a crisis for Israeli-Palestinian violence and the epicenter of the two thousand Palestinian intifadas.
Israeli Police Force Statement about the Clashes
According to the Israeli police force, Palestinian protesters threw fireworks, stones, and other solid objects at them resulted in six officers wounded and shifted to hospital for medical treatment. It further states that they will respond with a heavy hand to all riots, disturbances, and attacks on their forces. Previously, around seventy thousand worshippers attended the last Friday prayers of Ramadan at Masjid Al-Aqsa. Afterward, several Muslims protested, chanting pro-Hamas’s slogans and waved the green flags of the Islamic group Hamas.
Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian guy on Thursday suspected of carrying out drive-by shooting equipment in the West Bank that slew an Israeli and wounded two others. Whereas one day before, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a sixteen-year-old Palestinian near the West Bank city of Nablus. At the same time, they defended their actions by saying that many Palestinians thrown firebombs towards Israeli soldiers.