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153 Palestinians injured after violence erupts at Al Aqsa mosque

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:06 PM, 10 May 2021  

153 Palestinians injured after violence erupts at Al Aqsa mosque

153 Palestinians injured after violence erupts at Al Aqsa mosque

Hundreds of people were wounded on Monday in renewed violence at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque compound, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

“There are hundreds of people injured from the attacks” and about 50 of them were hospitalised, the Red Crescent said in a brief statement to journalists. However, the number of hospitalised turned out to be much higher, according to local medics.

More than a dozen tear gas canisters and stun grenades landed in the Al-Aqsa mosque, said an Associated Press photographer at the scene.

Al Aqsa, Islam's third holiest site, has been a focal point of violence in Jerusalem at the height of the month of Ramazan.

At least 215 Palestinians were hurt in the violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, including 153 who were hospitalised, Palestinian medics said. Four of the injured were in serious condition. Police said nine officers were hurt, including one who was hospitalized.

Tensions in the city were particularly high as Israel was marking “Jerusalem Day”, its annual celebration of the capture of East Jerusalem, and the walled Old City that is home to Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy places, in a 1967 war.

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In an effort to dial down tensions, Israeli police said they had banned Jewish groups from paying Jerusalem Day visits to the holy plaza that houses Al Aqsa, and which Jews revere as the site of biblical Jewish temples.

Police were also considering whether to reroute a traditional Jerusalem Day march in which thousands of Israeli flag-waving Jewish youth walk through the Old City's Damascus Gate and the Muslim Quarter.

Live video showed Palestinians hurling rocks at police in riot gear on Al Aqsa's stone-strewn plaza and police firing stun grenades. The skirmishes appeared to be less fierce than the violence late last week. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Police said they had deployed thousands of officers in Jerusalem streets and on rooftops to keep the peace.

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