Scuffles in Jerusalem after Israeli-Palestinian Ramadan night clashes

Published on Apr 26, 2021
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Israeli police and Palestinians scuffled outside Jerusalem's Old City walls on Saturday, overnight into Sunday, as tensions flared during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

Hundreds of police officers in riot gear deployed around the Old City after nightly clashes spilled into the Gaza Strip and occupied the West Bank. Some Palestinians threw stones and bottles as police on horseback dispersed the crowds, though the violence appeared less intense than on previous nights.

The protests spread to several cities in the West Bank and along the Israel-Gaza border. The Israeli military said it dispersed hundreds of Palestinians, some throwing rocks and burning tires.

Clashes and violent incidents have occurred almost nightly in Jerusalem, a city holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews, since the start of Ramadan on April 13.

They centre on Damascus Gate in the Old City's walls, and have flared in recent days as thousands pour out of the historic gateway after leaving the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque following Ramadan nightly prayers.

Palestinians say police have tried to prevent them from holding their usual Ramadan evening gatherings outside the gate, where metal barriers have been put up in its amphitheatre-style plaza. Israelis have been angered by videos on social media showing Palestinians assaulting religious Jews in the city.


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