Israeli forces targeted Palestinians outside the Old City of Jerusalem for the second night on Saturday as Muslim worshippers prayed at the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Moreover, Stones were thrown, fires were started, and police barricades were destroyed as Palestinian youths hurled rocks, lit fires, and ripped down police barricades near the Old City gates as officers on horseback and with riot gear fired stun grenades and water cannons at them.
According to the Palestine Red Crescent, more than 80 people were injured, including minors and a 1-year-old. The Israeli police have confirmed that one of their officers was injured.
The government does not want us to pray. Every day, a fight breaks out; there is an altercation every day. Almost every day, there are troubles,” said Mahmoud al-Marbua, 27, outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate.
As anger grows over possible evictions of Palestinian Muslims in Al-Aqsa from Jerusalem homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers, tensions have mounted in Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramazan.
Hundreds of protesters occupied the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel. The Israeli military says the crowds threw firecrackers and burning tires at troops.
At least one rocket was fired into Israel by Gaza militants, which fell in an open field.
“We salute the people. We call on our people to oppose the arrogance of the Zionists at Al-Aqsa. On Twitter, Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk urged Muslims to support their brothers in Palestine”.
During this time of Muslim Holy Days, the Quartet urged Israeli authorities to exercise restraint and prevent further escalation of the situation.
Moreover, Netanyahu said in a statement that law and order would be maintained in Jerusalem and religious freedom.