According to health sources, around 300 people – including 20 officials – have been injured in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police in Jerusalem since last Friday. This Sunday the riots were reproduced.
An Israeli police spokesman reported incidents and several arrests at the symbolic Damascus Gate, one of the entrances to the old city of Jerusalem, on Sunday morning.
Palestinian protesters threw stones, bottles and fireworks at officials, according to police. According to the Israeli press, the uniformed men reacted with rubber balls, tear gas and stun grenades.
Last weekend, more than 90,000 Muslims gathered to pray in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which coincided with the last weekend of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. This Saturday celebrated the Night of Fate or Lailat al Qadr, which commemorates the delivery of the Koran to Prophet Muhammad, and Sunday is Jerusalem Day in Israel.
The conflict began due to restrictions placed on the concentrations by the Israeli authorities due to the pandemic, despite the tradition of praying in the places established by the Muslim community. The upcoming court ruling on the eviction of Palestinian families in the Shaykh Kharra neighborhood has also added to the tension.
The incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has campaigned for religious freedom across Jerusalem and warned that violence will not be tolerated. Netanyahu made the remarks during a special cabinet on Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of the takeover of East Jerusalem by Israeli forces during the 1967 Six Day War.
Countries like Turkey, Jordan, Bahrain, Pakistan or the United Arab Emirates have already condemned excessive violence by the security forces. In particular, Jordan has sent a protest note to Israel declaring attempts to “evict” the Palestinians in that city as unacceptable.
Amman has stressed that such acts violate international law and the fundamental principles of human rights.