Pleas for calm as Jerusalem crisis escalates

Jerusalem crisis Pleas for calm as violence escalates
A compound in Jerusalem's Old City has been a focal point of confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinians. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Countries across the world have appealed for calm after days of unrest and violence spiralled into retaliatory attacks by Israel and Palestinians.

The United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom have urged Israel and the Palestinians to lower tensions and establish calm as soon as possible.

On Monday, the violence escalated night after Palestinian militants fired rockets toward Jerusalem.

The Israeli military launched air strikes against militant targets in the Gaza Strip in response.

At lest 22 people, including children, had died in the strikes, Palestinian health officials in Gaza said. According to Israel’s military, at least three members of the Hamas group that rules Gaza were among those killed.

Hamas had threatened to strike after hundreds of Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli police on Monday at a holy site in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Hamas had “crossed a red line” and that Israel would respond “with great force”.

Jerusalem has seen the worst violence in Jerusalem for years in the last few days.

Increasingly violent confrontations between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at a compound in Jerusalem’s Old City have threatened to trigger a wider conflict.

Palestinians have been angered about restrictions on access to the al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam – is housed, along with the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism.

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