Most of the people were injured at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades as Palestinians threw stones and bottles. Tensions have been rising over the potential eviction of Palestinians from land claimed by Jewish settlers. The Al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem’s Old city is one of Islam’s most revered locations but its location is also the holiest site in Judaism, known as the Temple Mount.
This site is a frequent flashpoint for violence, which unfolded again on Friday night after thousands had gathered there to observe the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said 88 of the injured Palestinians were taken to hospital after they were hit with rubber coated metal bullets. Police said some other six officers injured needed medical treatment.
And then the International community also appealed for de-escalation on Friday, as anger mounted over the threatened eviction of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem’s Shaikh Jarrah district. The UN special Coordinator for the Middle east peace process, Tor Wennesland, urged all the parties “respect the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem’s old city in the interest of peace and stability.