Dozens hurt in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque clashes

Al-Aqsa mosque Dozens hurt in Jerusalem clashes
At least 163 Palestinians and six Israeli police officers were hurt in Jerusalem, emergency services and police said. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Israeli Police and Palestinian medics say at least 163 Palestinians and six Israeli police officers have been hurt in clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

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

Tensions have been rising over the potential eviction of Palestinians from land claimed by Jewish settlers.

To treat the wounded, the Red Crescent has opened a field hospital.

The Al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem’s Old City is one of the most revered locations of Islam, but is also a Jewish holy site, known as the Temple Mount.

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

Israeli Police said they had used force to “restore order” due to the “rioting of thousands of worshippers” after evening prayers.

An official of Aqsa called for calm over the mosque’s loudspeakers. Reuters news agency quoted them as saying: “Police must immediately stop firing stun grenades at worshippers, and the youth must calm down and be quiet!”

At least 88 of the injured Palestinians were taken to hospital after they were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said.

Police said some of the six Israeli officers injured needed medical treatment.

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