More than twenty wounded in new clashes

clashes between Palestinians and Israelis wounded more than twenty on Sunday in and near the esplanade of the Mosques in Jerusalem. Early Sunday morning, “hundreds” of Palestinian protesters began piling up “stones” on the esplanade shortly before the arrival of Jews who can visit this place, considered the holiest in Judaism, at specific times and under certain conditions, he said. police.

Israeli security forces entered the esplanade of the Mosques, called the Temple Mount by the Jews, in order to “evict” these protesters and “restore order”, police said while witnesses and rescuers reported a dozen Palestinians injured in these clashes. The Palestine Red Crescent Society reported 19 Palestinian injuries, five of whom were evacuated to local hospitals, noting that some of the injured had been hit by rubber bullets. The incidents come as Christian Easter festivities, as well as prayers for Passover, Passover and the Muslim month of Ramadan, take place on Sunday in Jerusalem’s Old City, the crossroads of the three monotheistic religions.

cobbled buses

At the same time, on the outskirts of the Old City, located in the eastern part of Jerusalem occupied by Israel Since 1967, Palestinian youths have been throwing stones at buses carrying Israeli civilians, including minors, according to police. Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem reported seven minor injuries from stone throwing at buses traveling near the Western Wall, the holiest place of prayer in Jewish tradition, while Israeli police reported 18 arrests.

« Al-Aqsa [nom donné aussi en arabe à l’esplanade des Mosquées] it is ours, and ours alone, and the Jews have absolutely no right to it,” said Ismaïl Haniyeh, head of the political wing of the Hamas, a Palestinian armed Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. “Jerusalem is at the center of the conflict [israélo-palestinien]and we will continue to defend it in an open battle against the occupiers,” added Ismaïl Haniyeh, while Hussein el-Sheikh, tenor of Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, called on the international community to put an end to “the ‘flagrant aggression’ against the esplanade of the Mosques.

For “free” access to the holy places in Jerusalem

On Friday morning, after weeks of tension linked to attacks by two Palestinians in the Tel Aviv area and Israeli “counterterrorism” operations in the occupied West Bank, clashes broke out between police and protesters on the esplanade of the Mosques, where the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque are located. In particular, Israeli forces entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque during these clashes, injuring more than 150 Palestinians and drawing strong condemnation from Muslim countries. Jordan, which administers the esplanade of the Mosques, blamed Israel for this new escalation of violence.

On Sunday, during the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing at the Vatican, Pope Francisco advocated “free” access to Jerusalem’s holy sites. “May the Israelis, the Palestinians and all the inhabitants of the Holy City, together with the pilgrims, experience the beauty of peace,” said the sovereign pontiff. The UN had called for a “de-escalation” to prevent tensions in Jerusalem from turning, like last year, into a war between the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, in power in Gaza, a territory under Israeli blockade located about 80 km from Jerusalem. , and Israel.

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