At least 90 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces in Jerusalem

At least 90 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces on the Esplanade of Mosques in Jerusalem this Friday as part of escalating violence in the region.

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police broke out early Friday around 6:30 a.m. (local time) on the Esplanade of Mosques in Jerusalem.

At least 90 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces in Jerusalem
At least 90 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces in Jerusalem

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

According to police, protesters have started throwing rocks and firecrackers at the Israeli agents, and piling rocks and other objects to set up barricades.

Israeli agents have assured that they waited for the end of morning prayers before driving the demonstrators off the mosque esplanade, and behind them some Palestinians barricaded themselves inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, from where they continued to throw stones have thrown.

According to the police, three agents were slightly injured by the falling rocks, two of them required medical attention. For its part, the Palestinian Red Crescent has reported that 90 people were 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, Islam’s third holiest site. The Esplanade of Mosques, also known as the Temple Mount, is the sacred place of Judaism.

“Masked men have desecrated the Al-Aqsa Mosque with stones and firecrackers. Contrary to false information, the police did not enter the mosque,” he said on Twitter. However, it is later seen that the agents entered the place, according to a video published on social networks and collected by The Times of Israel newspaper.

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

Hamas has issued a statement that Israel will be held accountable for its “brutal abuses”. “Our people in Jerusalem are not alone in the struggle for Al-Aqsa. All Palestinians, their noble resistance and vitality are with them,” Hamas spokesman Fauzi Barhum told the Palestinian news agency Maan.

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 a minor named Shaukat Kamal in the town of Kafr Dan in Jenin, north of the West Bank, Wafa reports.

The escalation of violence takes place during the holy month of Ramadan, a time typically marked by great tension. In addition, it occurs as part of the raids that the Israeli army is conducting in the Palestinian territories due to the attacks on Israelis in recent weeks.

A total of 14 people were killed in the wave of attacks, which prompted countermeasures such as raids and arrests, fueling the violence.

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