Palestinians clash with Israeli authorities at Jerusalem's holy location, killing tens of thousands of people

Palestinians clash with Israeli authorities at Jerusalem's holy location, killing tens of thousands  ...

  • Hundreds of Palestinians detained -Israeli government
  • Israel on alert after recent deadly Arab street attacks
  • Jerusalem clashes pose risk of relapse into wider conflict
  • Jordan condemns police entry into Al-Aqsa mosque compound

On Friday, at least 152 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli riot police at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, which ended a recent outburst of violence that sparked fears of a return to long conflict.

The Palestinian Red Crescent claims that rubber bullets, stun grenades, and beatings with police batons were among the most common injuries made by Palestinians.

After a series of terrible Arab street attacks across the country over the last two weeks, Israeli security forces have been on high alert. Confrontations at the Al-Aqsa building in Jerusalem's walled Old City pose the possibility of causing a retreat back into a more general conflict than last year's Gaza conflict.

The Al-Aqsa complex sits atop the Old City plateau of East Jerusalem, which was captured in the 1967 Middle East conflict, and is referred to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, or The Noble Sanctuary, as well as Jews as Temple Mount.

After Ramadan morning prayers, Israeli police said hundreds of Palestinians hurled firecrackers and stones at their ships and toward the nearby Jewish prayer area of the Western Wall in the Old City.

According to reports, police entered the Al-Aqsa building to "disperse and push back (the crowd and) enable the rest of the worshippers to leave the building safely," adding that three officers were injured in the clashes.

In a tweet, police detained hundreds of Palestinians, according to a spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

"We are attempting to restore calm on the Temple Mount and across Israel. Alongside that, we are preparing for any situation, and the security personnel are ready for any task," Bennett said.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, referring to the Al-Aqsa violence, said it "holds Israel fully and directly responsible for this crime and its consequences."

In Jerusalem's Old City, Israeli security forces move in positions during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

'FLAGRANT VIOLATION'

"It is critical that the international community takes action to prevent Israeli aggression against the Al-Aqsa mosque and prevent things from going out of control," says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' self-doubt.

Hamas, the Palestinian Islamicist organization that controls the Gaza Strip, said Israel "bears responsibility for the consequences."

Jordan described the Israeli police raid in the compound as a "false violation."

Jordan's Hashemite ruler family is the custodian of the Muslim and Christian holy sites in East Jerusalem. Israel recognized the Hashemite's role as Custodian of Al-Aqsa as part of the 1994 peace treaty, and maintains overall security control over the site.

Tensions this year have been increased in part by Ramadan that coincided with the Jewish celebration of Passover.

During the Muslim fasting month, nightly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police sparked an 11-day Israeli-Gaza conflict that killed more than 250 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 civilians.

Israeli forces have killed 29 Palestinians since March, as they were conducting raids in the West Bank after several attacks on Palestinian civilians.

Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam, which is well-known among Jews as the site of two ancient temples.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its eternal, unintentional capital. Palestinians strive to make East Jerusalem, including its Muslim, Christian, and Jewish holy sites, the capital of a future state.

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