The United Nations Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss escalating tensions over violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem., according to diplomatic sources on Monday. France, Ireland, China, Norway and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were the countries that requested the meeting.
A new wave of violence left more than 20 injured on Sunday around the Esplanade of the Mosques in Jerusalem, two days after 150 wounded were reported in other clashes.
According to the Israeli police, early on Sunday, “hundreds” of Palestinian protesters had begun piling up “stones” on the esplanade shortly before the arrival of religious Jews at the site, considered the holiest for Judaism and the third for Israel. the Muslims.
It was then that the Israeli security forces intervened on the esplanade, located in the Old City of East Jerusalem, to “evict” these protesters and “restore order”, specified the police. Witnesses and rescuers indicate that a dozen Palestinians were injured in these disturbances.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 19 Palestinians were injured., some by shots from rubber bullets. In addition, a hospital reported seven other stone-throwing injuries outside the Old City.
Since the seizure and subsequent annexation of East Jerusalem by Israel in 1967, something not recognized by the international community, Jews can access the esplanade at certain times, but not pray on it.
Prayer is normally held at the Western or Wailing Wall, although religious Jews have prayed secretly on the esplanade for years.
The latest incidents occurred when the Christian Easter mass, prayers for Passover, Jewish Passover, and for the Muslim month of Ramadan were celebrated on Sunday in the Old City of Jerusalem.sometimes conflicting confluence of the three monotheistic religions.
Jordan, which runs the mosque compound, blamed Israel for the new escalation of violence on Sunday, and King Abdullah II called on the Jewish state to “end the illegal and provocative measures that lead to further escalation.”
This Monday there were new clashes between Palestinian Muslims and the Israeli Police who has intervened to clear the Esplanade of the Mosques for the visit of faithful Jews. It is the third time in a week that riots have occurred.
The Palestinians have tried to prevent the visit of the Jews, but the Israeli Police used rubber bullets to force them to take refuge in the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Several temple windows were broken.
“The many arrests in recent days show that the Israel Police is not afraid to act decisively and forcefully against anyone who tries to put security at risk and incites violence,” said the head of the Israeli Police, Yaakov Shabtai.
This year the tension has multiplied because the Muslim holy month of Ramadan coincides with the Jewish Passover and the Christian Holy Week and its acts in the city of Jerusalem.
Non-Muslims have reserved times to visit the Esplanade of the Mosques and are also prohibited from praying in the placeaccording to Israeli regulations. The Muslims want to use the place day and night to coincide with Ramadan, while the more radical Jews have called for occupying the place during Passover.
The Palestinian Authority recalled recent resolutions, such as that of UNESCO, which ratify that “the mosque is a mosque for Muslims.”
In this context of growing tension, A rocket was fired at Israel on Monday from the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip.and was shot down by Israeli defense systems, the Israeli military said.
“Sirens resounded in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip. A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory. The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system,” the army explained in a statement. No casualties were reported.
Hamas, the terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, warned on Sunday that the Al Aqsa mosque, located on the Esplanade of Mosques, “is ours and ours alone.” and promised to uphold the right of Palestinians to pray there.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)
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