Palestinians, Israeli police clash in East Jerusalem

At least 100 Palestinians were injured in a series of clashes with Israel’s police overnight and early on Sunday, the Palestinian Red Crescent said in a statement.

Overnight between Saturday and Sunday, at least 90 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police near the Old City’s Damascus Gate and the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, both located in East Jerusalem, according to a Red Crescent statement.

The police said in a statement that they twice briefly evicted Jewish worshipers from the Western Wall, a Jewish holy place in East Jerusalem, after Palestinians hurled firecrackers at the site. No injuries were reported.

Fresh clashes erupted at East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound after the end of the morning prayer early on Sunday. At least 10 Palestinians were injured, including five that were injured by a rubber-coated bullet in their head, the Red Crescent said.

The clashes were sparked by the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and restrictions imposed by Israel during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

On Friday, about 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli police officers were injured in clashes in East Jerusalem. Elsewhere in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians and injured a third after the three opened fire on a military base in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military boosted its forces in the West Bank with additional combat troops and added anti-rocket Iron Dome batteries in the area near Gaza. The move was made “in accordance with the ongoing situational assessment,” according to a military statement.

Israel seized the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed East Jerusalem shortly after the war, claiming it part of the Israeli capital.