152 Palestinians were injured in a clash with the Israeli police in East Jerusalem – Palestinian

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at least 152 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli Riot police inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday in a continuation of recent violence that has raised fears of slipping back into a wider conflict.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said most of the wounded Palestinians were hit by rubber bullets, sound bombs and beaten with police batons, at the most sensitive sites in the generations-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli security forces have been put on high alert after a series of bloody attacks on Arab streets across the country over the past two weeks.

Clashes in Al-Aqsa Complex in the city of Jerusalem The old walled city risks slipping back into a wider conflagration like last year’s Gaza war.

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The Al-Aqsa compound is located on top of the plateau of the Old City of East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, and is known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, and to the Jews a temple. multitudes.

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The Israeli police said in a statement that hundreds of Palestinians threw firecrackers and stones at its forces and towards the adjacent Jewish prayer area in the Western Wall in the Old City after dawn prayers in Ramadan.

She added that the police then entered the Al-Aqsa compound “to disperse and repel (the crowd) and enable the rest of the worshipers to leave the place safely,” adding that three officers were injured in the clashes.

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A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a tweet that the police had arrested hundreds of Palestinians.

We are working to restore calm on the Temple Mount and across Israel. Besides, we prepare for any scenario and security forces are ready for any mission.

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

“Immediate intervention by the international community is necessary to stop the Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent things from getting out of control,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who rules the autonomous areas in the occupied territories. West Bank.

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Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, said Israel “bears responsibility for the consequences”.

Jordan condemned the Israeli police raid on the compound, describing it as a “flagrant violation”.

Christian worshipers participate in the Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa during Easter Holy Week on April 15 in Jerusalem, Israel. The overlapping of religious holidays, Ramadan for Muslims, Easter for Jews and Easter for Christians in Jerusalem, has heightened tensions over disputed holy sites.

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The ruling Hashemite family of Jordan is the guardian of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in East Jerusalem. Israel recognized the Hashemite role as guardian of Al-Aqsa as part of the 1994 peace treaty between the two countries, and maintains overall security control of the site.

Tensions have risen this year in part because Ramadan coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover.

Last year saw nightly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police during the Muslim fasting month. Threats of Palestinian displacement in East Jerusalem and police raids on Al-Aqsa helped spark the 11-day Israel-Gaza war that killed more than 250 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 people in Israel.

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Since March, Israeli forces have killed 29 Palestinians while conducting raids in the West Bank after Palestinian attackers killed 14 Israelis in a series of attacks in Israeli cities.

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

Israel claims that all of Jerusalem is its eternal and indivisible capital. The Palestinians seek to make East Jerusalem, including the Islamic, Christian and Jewish holy sites, the capital of their future state.

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