Israeli police clash with Palestinian crowd in Jerusalem

Jerusalem (AP) — Israeli police clashed with hundreds of Palestinian protesters outside the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday and fired stun grenades and water cannons to disperse the crowd, Israeli media said. ..

Similar clashes have occurred every night since the holy month of Ramadan Muslims began last week. Palestinians usually gather on the stairs outside the Damascus Gate in the old town every night during Ramadan, but this year Israeli police said they had set a barrier to keep the crowd away.

This move offended Muslims who prefer to meet in the square and spend the night of Ramadan after the daily dawn-to-dusk fast. Police have accused the crowd of behaving in a chaotic manner and throwing stones at security forces.

Israeli public broadcaster Kan showed a video of a large crowd clashing with police. Police used stun grenade and spray water to disperse the rally. Police said they had been arrested at least three times, and Palestine Red Crescent Medical Services said four people were injured in the clash. There were no immediate details about their condition.

Israeli police also reported a clash with an Arab crowd in Jaffa, on the southern tip of Tel Aviv. Police said the crowd threw stones at the police and slightly injured two police officers. Three people were arrested.

Ramadan is characterized by fasting from dawn to dusk and nightly feasts with family and friends, but the crowded shoulder-to-shoulder gatherings and large meal gatherings at the mosque are global with the coronavirus. It is limited because it continues to spread to.