Al-Aqsa mosque: Dozens hurt in Jerusalem clashes

  • Al-Aqsa mosque: Dozens hurt in Jerusalem clashes.

At least 163 Palestinians and 6 Israeli cops are injured in clashes in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service and Israeli Police said.

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

Thousands had gathered there earlier to watch the last Friday of Ramadan.

The Red Crescent said it had opened a military hospital to treat the wounded.

Tensions are high for days, with daily skirmishes over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes in east Jerusalem to form a way for Israeli settlers.

The Al-Aqsa mosque complex is among Islam’s most revered locations and is also a Jewish holy site called the Temple Mount. The area may be a frequent flashpoint for violence, which unfolded again on Friday night.

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

An Aqsa official involved calm over the mosque’s loudspeakers. “Police must immediately stop firing stun grenades at worshippers, and therefore the youth must settle down and be quiet!” Reuters press agency quoted them as saying.

The Red Crescent said 88 of the injured Palestinians were taken to hospital after hitting rubber-coated metal bullets. Police said a number of the six officers injured needed medical treatment.

The international community also appealed for de-escalation on Friday as anger mounted over the threatened evictions in Jerusalem’s Shaikh Jarrah district.

A United Nations spokesman urged Israel to call off any evictions and urged “maximum restraint within the use of force” against protesters.

A US State Department spokeswoman said Washington was “deeply concerned about the heightened tensions.”

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