Saturday, February 24

At Least 42 Palestinians Injured in New Jerusalem Clashes

  • The last Friday of the Muslim holy month is marked, like the previous ones, by clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli police officers on the Esplanade of the Mosques

Last Friday of Ramadan in Jerusalem. Same voltage as above. At least 42 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli police officers in the Esplanade of the Mosques. Since early in the morning, Israeli forces have stormed the holy compound and responded with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets at stone throwing by devout Muslims. Every Friday of this holy month there have been riots and violent clashes between Palestinian youth and the israeli police in a climate of tension that threatens to escalate.

According to the agents, the Palestinians inside the compound of the mosque Al-Aqsa they began to throw stones and fireworks at dawn in the direction of a heavily guarded gate. Before this Friday, the Israeli police deployed thousands of officers in the area in anticipation that tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers would turn out to participate in the prayers. Earlier this week, some 250,000 faithful They met to Laylat Al-Qadr, a night of intense prayers to mark the moment the Prophet Muhammad received the Koran. On Thursday night alone, 70,000 gathered in Al Aqsa.

The mosque has become scene of raids by Israeli forces, where Palestinian youth barricaded themselves. The police tried to break down the doors. They have reported the arrest of three people while the Red Crescent has stated that more than twenty injured have had to be hospitalized. Last week, Walid al Sharif, a 21-year-old Jerusalemite, was hit in the head with a rubber bullet and is still critical condition. His family has confirmed that she has suffered extensive brain injuries and is still unconscious.

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After one hour After heavy fighting, both sides have backed off and Muslim worshipers have been able to start accessing the holy complex to pray. The waters also seem to have calmed within the fragile government coalition. the arab party Raam will return to the fold after having boycotted the alliance at the beginning of the month due to the clashes in Jerusalem. A long meeting this Wednesday between its leader, Mansour Abbasand the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yair Lapidhas resulted in an agreement to resume participation in the coalition when the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, ends its recess on May 9.

For his part, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett have restless days During this week, the president and his family have received two cards with one bullet and a death threat. “Resign or we will harm your family,” said the second letter received this Thursday by Yoni, her 15-year-old son. Police are already investigating the letters, which contained “detailed death threats” to the Bennetts, and security has been tightened for the prime minister’s four children and his wife Gilat.

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