Conflicts & War

Over 200 Palestinians injured in East Jerusalem clashes

Jerusalem, May 8 (EFE).- Over 200 Palestinians were injured in overnight clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem amid mounting tension over the eviction of Palestinian families from a neighborhood claimed by Israeli settlers, the Red Crescent announced.

Israeli riot police said they entered the compound of al-Aqsa mosque, a sacred temple for Jews and Muslims, “to disperse rioters,” which led to clashes in the Old City and its outskirts.

 The Israeli security operation, which reached the Damascus Gate, was met by Palestinians throwing stones, bottles and fireworks.

The Palestinian Red Crescent set up a field hospital to attend dozens of casualties, most of whom had been injured by rubber bullets and stun grenade.

The overnight clashes left 208 Palestinians injured, 88 of whom were transferred to the field hospital, while the rest were attended on site, the Red Crescent added.

This came amid a week of violent night clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians protesting the eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which is claimed by Jewish settlement organizations.

Israel has blocked the Damascus Gate — the main entrance to the Old City — since the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which has angered Palestinians and led to clashes every night.

The European Union condemned the flaring tension in Jerusalem as “unacceptable,” saying those responsible for the violence “on all sides must be held accountable”

“The European Union calls on the authorities to act urgently to de-escalate the current tensions in Jerusalem,” the bloc’s foreign affairs office said in a statement.

 “Acts of incitement around the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif must be avoided and the status quo has to be respected,” the statement added.

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