Sunday, June 4

At least 90 injured by disturbances in the Esplanade of the Mosques of Jerusalem

Israeli agents check Palestinians near the Temple Mount. / EP

A Palestinian minor has died after being injured in Jenin


At least 90 Palestinians have been injured this Friday in clashes with Israeli forces in the Esplanade of the Mosques, in Jerusalem, as part of the escalation of violence in the area.

Clashes between Palestinians and the Israel Police broke out early this Friday, around 6:30 am (local time), on the Esplanade of the Mosques in Jerusalem.

The Israeli Police explained in a statement that around 4:00 a.m. (local time) dozens of people have marched through the area, waving flags of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

According to the Police, the demonstrators have begun to throw stones and fireworks at the Israeli agents and to pile stones and other objects to set up barricades.

The Israeli agents have assured that they have waited for the end of the morning prayer before dispersing the demonstrators from the Esplanade of the Mosques and, behind them, some Palestinians have barricaded themselves inside the Al Aqsa mosque, from where they have launched more stones.

According to the Police, three agents have been slightly injured after the stones hit them and two of them have required medical attention. The Palestinian Red Crescent has reported, for its part, that 90 people have been injured in the clashes, two of them in serious condition.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has clarified in a statement that Israeli agents have not entered the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is the third holiest site in Islam. The Esplanade of the Mosques, also known as the Temple Mount, is the holy place of Judaism.

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“Masked men have thrown stones and fireworks, desecrating the Al Aqsa Mosque. Contrary to what the false information says, the Police have not entered the mosque », he has indicated on Twitter. However, later it can be seen that the agents have entered the place, according to a video published on social networks and collected by the newspaper ‘The Times of Israel’.

According to the Wafa news agency, Israeli forces have stormed the mosque’s courtyards and fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets.

Hamas has assured in a statement that Israel will be held accountable for its “brutal assaults.” “Our people in Jerusalem are not alone in the battle for Al Aqsa. All Palestinians, their noble resistance and their vital power are with them,” Hamas spokesman Fauzi Barhum said, according to the Palestinian news agency Maan.

escalation of violence

On the other hand, a 17-year-old Palestinian minor died this Friday after being injured in clashes with Israeli forces.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of the minor, named Shaukat Kamal, in the town of Kafr Dan, in Jenin, north of the West Bank, as reported by Wafa.

The escalation of violence takes place during the holy month of Ramadan, a period that is typically subject to great tension. In addition, it occurs within the framework of the raids that the Israeli Army carries out in the Palestinian territories due to the attacks against Israelis in recent weeks.

A total of 14 people have been killed in the wave of attacks, which has sparked countermeasures such as raids and arrests, which in turn fuel the violence.

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