At the holy site of Jerusalem, Palestinians clash with Israeli police, wounding 152 others

At the holy site of Jerusalem, Palestinians clash with Israeli police, wounding 152 others ...

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  • 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 injured in clashes with Israeli riot police at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque complex, the latest incident in a recent upsurge of violence, which prompted fears of a retaliation.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that rubber bullets, stun grenades, and beatings with police batons were causing the majority of Palestinian deaths. The Palestinian conflict is the most sensitive location in Israel's history.

After a series of fatal Arab street attacks throughout the country over the past two weeks, Israeli security teams have been on high alert. The dangers of relapsed into a larger conflict like the Gaza conflict last year

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

Following Ramadan morning prayers, Israeli police said hundreds of Palestinians hurled firecrackers and stones towards their vehicles, as well as towards the nearby Jewish prayer area of the Western Wall in the Old City.

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

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

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

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, who refers to the violence in the holy building, said it "holds Israel fully and directly responsible for this crime and its consequences."

During clashes with Palestinian protesters at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as a Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City April 15, 2022, Israeli security forces move in positions. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

'FLAGRANT VIOLATION'

The international community should take action immediately to "stop Israeli aggression against the Al-Aqsa mosque and prevent things from going out of control," according to Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who governs self-governed areas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Jordan, who has the Hashemite monarchy as the main depreciator of Muslim and Christian sanctuaries in East Jerusalem, has condemned the Israeli police raid into the compound as "fake violation."

Israel appoints Al-Aqsa's father as the custodian in the 1994 peace treaty and maintains total security clearance over the site.

Tor Wennesland, the United Nations Special Envoy for Peacemaking in the Middle East, urged all parties "to assist calm the situation, avoid spreading inflammatory rhetoric, and speak up against those who want to escalate the situation."

Tensions this year have been heightened in part by Ramadan, which has been associated with the Jewish celebration of Passover.

During the Muslim fasting month, nightly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police led to the outbreak of an 11-day Israeli-Gaza conflict that killed more than 250 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 people.

Israeli forces have killed 29 Palestinians since last month as they are completing raids in the West Bank after Palestinian assailants killed 14 Israelis in a string of attacks in Israeli cities.

Al-Aqsa is the third holiest town in Islam, and it is also revered by Jews as the site of two ancient temples.

Israel claims to have built all of Jerusalem as its eternal capital. Palestinians want to transform East Jerusalem, including its Muslim, Christian, and Jewish holy sites, into a city.

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