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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.
Beit El, Occupied West Bank – Israeli security forces have killed 10 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank, as multiple protests erupted amid growing anger over Israel’s intensifying aerial bombardment in Gaza and the threat of forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.
The Palestinian health ministry said nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during protests across the occupied West Bank on Friday, and a sixth was killed during an attempt to stab an Israeli soldier near an illegal Israeli settlement in Yabad near Jenin.
At Least 130 Palestinians Injured During Latest Clashes With Israeli Police
Most were injured after being hit in the face by rubber-coated bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.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.
Following Friday prayers, thousands of Palestinians protested in more than 200 locations across the West Bank. More than 500 Palestinians were injured across the territory, with protesters hit by Israeli bullets, tear gas and live fire, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said.
Hundreds of Palestinians in Jordan also tried to mass on Jordan’s border with Israel on Friday but were stopped by Jordanian security forces, while Palestinians in southern Lebanon tried to breach the border with Israel.
The protests come amid an escalation in days of fighting between Israel and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. Israel unleashed more barrages of air strikes and tank fire on the Gaza Strip on Friday, while Palestinian armed groups continued to launch rockets into Israel from the besieged coastal enclave.
Senior Hamas commander killed in airstrike
Hamas militants have announced one of their most senior leaders in Gaza has been killed in an airstrike amid the worst violence in the region since 2014. © Reuters Smoke and flames rise from a tower building as it is destroyed by Israeli air strikes Gaza City commander Bassem Issa is the highest-ranking Hamas figure to be killed since the war there seven years ago.Israeli security services said he is one of 16 key Hamas members to die in the fighting that began on Monday.
At the Beit El checkpoint in al-Bireh, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, hundreds of Palestinians from rival political factions of Hamas, Fatah and the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) marched together – alongside those with no political affiliation – chanting in support of Gaza and Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem.
The sound of Israeli live gunfire and rubber-coated steel bullets cracked in the air as ambulances raced back and forth carrying the wounded, while plumes of smoke billowed into the air from tyres set alight by protesters.
Malak Abu Rab from Ramallah told Al Jazeera she was taking part in the march together with her daughter, Tuleen 13, and her son Jad, 10, to support those being killed in Gaza, as well as Palestinians in East Jerusalem threatened with expulsion from Sheikh Jarrah and the hundreds injured in recent Israeli police raids on the city’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Bloodshed in West Bank as conflicts broadens
Palestinians and the Israeli security forces clash during protests in the occupied West Bank.At least 10 Palestinians are reported to have died in the West Bank unrest, while hundreds have been injured.
“In Jerusalem, Israeli settlers, supported by soldiers, are trying to drive people from their homes, a behaviour that Israel has engaged in for decades, and it’s time to stop this,” she said.
“Palestinians are speaking the same language over these issues and their feelings are the same.”
The deaths on Friday took the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in confrontations in the West Bank to at least 12 since Monday, when Israel launched air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip in response to Hamas rocket attacks.
Gaza’s health ministry says at least 122 Palestinians, including 31 children, have been killed and more than 900 wounded in the enclave since the latest round of violence began.
The Israeli military has launched more than 600 air strikes on the enclave in recent days and has massed troops and tanks near Gaza as the fighting has intensified.
At least seven people in Israel have been killed in the more than 2,000 rocket attacks launched by armed groups in Gaza since Monday.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged the Gaza offensive will continue “as needed to restore calm in the state of Israel”, despite international calls for an immediate halt of all hostilities.
Palestinian death toll in Gaza, occupied West Bank mounts: Live
Number of people killed by Israeli bombardment on Gaza rises to 137; 11 killed by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank.In the early hours of Saturday, rescue workers were still trying to pull bodies from under the rubber as more people are believed to be dead. Hamas, the group that controls the besieged enclave, responded to the latest attack by firing a barrage of rockets towards the southern Israeli towns of Askhelon and Ashdood. No casualties were reported.
The latest escalation in violence followed weeks of tensions in occupied East Jerusalem over a now-postponed court hearing relating to the forced expulsion of several Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood to make way for Israeli settlers.
Tension in the city also spread to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which Israeli forces raided on three consecutive days during the final week of Ramadan, firing tear gas and stun grenades at worshippers inside the mosque and injuring hundreds.
At Beit El, banker Salama Khalil, 42, said he was taking part in the protest with his son Saji, 13, to show solidarity with people in Gaza against the “terrorism perpetrated by the Israeli military on Palestinians”.
“The stupidity of the Israelis in trying to evict Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and their repeated invasions in Al-Aqsa have successfully united Palestinians from inside Israel and Gaza, to West Bank, to Jordan to Lebanon and even internationally,” he said.
“There is a strong possibility that we are heading for a third Intifada if there is no hope and no peace process,” he added.
“The Palestinians are not going to disappear.”
The Israel-Hamas ceasefire stopped the fighting — but changed nothing .
What the Israel-Hamas ceasefire means (and doesn’t) for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.In the narrowest sense, Hamas and Israel have both accomplished their immediate goals. Hamas got to portray itself as the defender of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, where much of the unrest began in recent weeks, and prove its capacity to hit most of Israel with its rockets. Israel, meanwhile, can say it has degraded Hamas’s military capabilities, in particular the underground network of tunnels from which it operates.