JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli police clashed with Palestinians outdoors Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis and manned barricades on Thursday to stop a whole bunch of Jewish extremists from marching within the space.
Tensions are even larger than regular within the metropolis, which is dwelling to holy websites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims and which has lengthy been a flashpoint for Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Police clashed with Palestinians every evening for the reason that begin of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan final week, when authorities erected barricades at Damascus Gate, a standard outside gathering place.
Police mentioned protesters threw stones and bottles. Pictures circulating on-line confirmed cops and a whole bunch of protesters operating by way of the streets because the sound of fireworks or stun grenades echoed within the background. Police mentioned three individuals have been arrested.
The Palestinian Crimson Crescent emergency service mentioned 32 Palestinians have been injured within the clashes, together with 12 hospitalized.
In the meantime, a far-right Jewish group generally known as Lahava led a march of a whole bunch of protesters chanting “Get out the Arabs!” in the direction of the Damascus Gate. The present of power got here in response to movies posted on TikTok displaying Palestinians slapping random spiritual Jews within the face. Different movies made in response seem to point out Jews assaulting Arabs.
Police have erected barricades a number of hundred yards from the Damascus Gate and, Thursday night, seem to have managed to maintain the protesters separated.
Israel captured East Jerusalem, the place the Outdated Metropolis is situated, within the 1967 warfare and annexed it in a transfer unrecognized internationally. The Palestinians need East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state. Its standing was one of many thorniest points within the peace course of, which ended greater than a decade in the past.