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Israeli Police Officers Clash in Jerusalem

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Israeli Police Officers Clash in Jerusalem
Israeli security forces move towards the Dome of the Rock mosque amid clashes with Palestinian protesters at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2021. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)

Israeli Police Officers Clash in Jerusalem:

At least 178 Palestinian protesters injured, 88 hospitalised, and six Israeli police officers have been hurt in clashes in Jerusalem; after Israeli police dispersed worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and elsewhere in Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police say.

Earlier in the day, tens of thousands of Palestinian worshippers packed into the mosque on the final Friday of Ramadan. Many stayed on to protest in support of Palestinians facing eviction from their homes on Israeli-occupied land claimed by Jewish settlers.

Most were injured at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades as Palestinians threw stones and bottles.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem’s Old City is one of Islam’s most revered locations. However, its location is also the holiest site in Judaism, known as the Temple Mount.

The site is a frequent flashpoint for violence, which unfolded again on Friday night after thousands had gathered there to observe the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war and considers the entire city its capital, though this is not recognised by the vast majority of the international community. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the future capital of a hoped-for independent state.

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