AViolence broke out again on Wednesday evening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Believers barricaded themselves in the third most important shrine of Islam in the old town. Israeli police used force to evacuate people from the area. Militant Palestinians responded that night with rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
The clashes during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and at the beginning of the Jewish Passover festival fueled fears of a further escalation.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported at least six injured in recent confrontations. The Islamic Buildings Administration said Israeli police used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse people.
Israel Police said “dozens of law-breaking youths” started chaos by throwing stones and other objects at officials. This forced the police to act to restore law and order.
On Wednesday morning, Israeli police stormed the mosque and fired stun grenades at Palestinians who were throwing stones and firecrackers. According to the Israeli police, more than 350 people were arrested.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque stands on a hill that is the supreme shrine of the Jews, which they call the Temple Mount. Due to the fasting month of Ramadan, a particularly large number of Muslims are currently drawn to the site, which has long been considered a focal point of the Middle East conflict. Violent confrontations on the Temple Mount have occurred in the past Fighting between Israel and the Gaza Strip ruling Hamas, most recently in 2021.
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