Jerusalem (AP) — Jerusalem tensions caused the worst cross-border violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip over Saturday months, Palestinian militants launching at least 30 rockets, Israel in Gaza Counterattacked a target run by the Hamas ruler.
Skirmishes have surged recently in Jerusalem, the flash point of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the sanctuary of Jews, Christians and Islam. Residents were prepared for further anxiety as police strengthened security and the US embassy appealed for calm.
Israeli police said on Friday that 44 people were arrested and 20 police officers were injured on a turmoil night in Jerusalem. There, security forces clashed separately with Palestinians angry at Ramadan restrictions and Jewish militants who marched nearby in anti-Arab.
The incident in Jerusalem caused a relapse in Gaza. Hamas’s armed wings warned Israel not to “test” its patience, and Palestinian outpost militants began launching rockets into southern Israel late Friday, continuing until Saturday morning.
Israeli forces said the aircraft and tanks attacked Hamas’ rocket launcher and unspecified underground infrastructure. The militant group did not claim responsibility for the rocket attack, but said a small army on the left of the Palestinian Liberation People’s Front had launched some of the missiles.
In southern Israel, sirens continued to sound to warn of rockets arriving from Gaza. Air defense intercepted several rockets. There were no reports of injuries on either side.
At dawn, hundreds of people in Gaza challenged the curfew imposed by Hamas to curb the outbreak of the coronavirus and burned tires in solidarity with fellow Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Thousands of worshipers worshiped after fears that violence could reignite after Friday’s noon prayer in Jerusalem’s main sanctuary, but after Islamic religious leaders sought detention. Disbanded peacefully.
But in the evening, dozens of Palestinians marched towards the entrance to the walled Old City of Jerusalem and clashed with Israeli police. Israeli police said protesters threw stones and other items at police officers. Six Palestinians were injured and two were hospitalized.
Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police every night since the beginning of the holy Ramadan month of Muslims. Tensions began when police placed a barricade outside the Damascus Gate in the old town. There, Muslims traditionally meet to enjoy the night after a daytime fast.
The clash intensified when hundreds of Palestinians fired water cannons, stunned grenades and threw stones and bottles at police on Thursday night. Dozens of Palestinians were injured in close quarters.
At the same time, a far-right Jewish group known as Lahaba led the procession of hundreds of protesters chanting, “Get out the Arabs!” Towards the Damascus Gate. Show of force has responded to a video disseminated on TikTok showing Palestinians randomly slapping religious Jews. Other videos made in response seem to show that Jews are assaulting Arabs. After being placed hundreds of yards from the Damascus Gate, police used water cannons, stun grenade, and mounted police to push the far-right protesters back, primarily to the Jewish West Jerusalem.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state. Its fate is one of the most disruptive issues in the peace process, which stopped more than a decade ago.
Earlier on Saturday, Jordan strongly condemned “racist attacks on Palestinians.” “As an occupying nation under international law, Israel is responsible for stopping these attacks and the dangerous consequences of not doing so,” Foreign Minister Aiman Saffadi tweeted.
The US embassy said it was “deeply concerned” about recent violence. “I hope that all responsible voices promote the end of the agitation, the return to calm, and the respect for the security and dignity of all in Jerusalem,” he said in a statement.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians attended a weekly prayer on Friday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque grounds in the Old City of Jerusalem. This place is the third temple hill in Islam and is the most sacred place for Jews called the Temple Mount.
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, accused “police and settlers of attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem” in his sermon. But he called on worshipers to stay calm and not give the other side an excuse to attack the compound. They disbanded peacefully after prayer and there were no immediate reports of anxiety.
The vast hilltop complex has experienced numerous clashes over the years and was the epicenter of the 2000 Palestinian Intifada or Uprising.
Meanwhile, after Friday’s prayer, Hamas demonstrated throughout Gaza and repeatedly supported the armed struggle. “After a long series of protests and demonstrations, we conclude that without weapons we cannot free our land, protect the sanctuary, bring people back to their land, and maintain our dignity. It has been reached, “said Mahmood Zahar, a senior Hamas official.
Akram reported from the city of Gaza in the Gaza Strip.