World At Least 130 Palestinians Injured During Latest Clashes With Israeli Police
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And it has made colonial violence a permanent feature of Palestinian lives in the holy city.The problem with these statements is that they whitewash the fact that Jerusalem is a city under violent occupation and its occupier, Israel, has made its intent to slowly uproot the native population quite public.
More than 130 people have been injured in clashes that erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police on Saturday.
Officers on horseback and in riot gear used stun grenades and water cannons to repel Palestinian protesters who threw stones, lit fires, and tore down police barricades in the streets leading to the Old City gates of Jerusalem, Reuters reported.
At least 136 people were injured at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and elsewhere in Jerusalem on Saturday, Sky News reported, citing the Palestinian Red Crescent.
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"The United States must speak out strongly against the violence," Sanders tweeted on Saturday.Israeli police said that more than 200 Palestinians and 17 police officers were injured in clashes on Friday, after authorities cracked down while Palestinians worshippers gathered for prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem during Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. Many of the worshippers stayed on after prayers to protest in support of Palestinians currently facing evictions at the hands of Israeli settlers.
Most were injured after being hit in the face by rubber-coated bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades, the emergency service said.
The Palestinian Red Crescent has been contacted for additional comment.
Six police officers were wounded, according to Israeli authorities.
Thousands of Muslims had gathered for night-time prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, on Saturday night, which was "Laylat al-Qadr," the most sacred night in Ramadan. Islamic authorities put the figure at around 90,000 people, according to The Associated Press. The site is also sacred to Jews.
It follows nightly clashes and mounting tension in the city during the holy month of Ramadan after Israel restricted gatherings at a popular meeting spot outside Jerusalem's Old City.
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"Of course there are laws that some people may consider as favoring Jews—it's a Jewish state," Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, a deputy mayor of Jerusalem, said.Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli security forces on Friday and Saturday, as many protested against the possibility that some Palestinian families could be evicted from their long-time homes to make way for Israeli settlers. Amid the clashes, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, a deputy mayor of Jerusalem, dismissed the concerns about the evictions.
Protests reignited recently overby Israeli settlers. Competing claims to east Jerusalem are at the heart of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The AP reported that Israeli police had earlier blocked a convoy of buses filled with worshippers heading to Jerusalem earlier on Saturday. Israeli police reportedly alleged the actions were security measures, but Muslims viewed it as infringing on their right to worship.
"They do not want us to pray. There is a fight every day, every day there are clashes. Every day there are troubles," Mahmoud al-Marbua, 27, told Reuters.
Pointing to police chasing youths and firing thunder-flashes at them near the Old City's Damascus Gate, he added: "Look how they are firing at us. How can we live?"
The latest violence came a day after Israeli police saidafter they opened fire on a base belonging to Israeli's bases in the occupied West Bank.
East Jerusalem hospital fills up after Al-Aqsa clashes
Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israeli police at Al-Aqsa mosque compound filled the halls of an east Jerusalem hospital Monday, several having lost eyes after being hit by rubber bullets. The unrest resumed in the evening as Palestinians clashed anew with Israeli police at Al-Aqsa mosque compound, an AFP reporter said. There were dozens of newly wounded after Palestinians threw projectiles towards Israeli security forces who again used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators, the reporter said.
More than 200 Palestinians and at least 17 Israeli police officers were wounded on Friday at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site, when Israeli police clashed with Palestinians following evening prayers.
The violence prompted the Middle East Quartet—the U.S., Russia, theand the United Nations—to issue a statement expressing "deep concern."
"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 Quartet said in a statement on Saturday.
Lawmakers in the U.S. also condemned Israeli forces,
"The United States must speak out strongly against the violence by government-allied Israeli extremists in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and make clear that the evictions of Palestinian families must not go forward," he tweeted.
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