New clashes erupted on Friday between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police on the Mosque Esplanade in occupied East Jerusalem.
They come two weeks after similar skirmishes that led to an outbreak of violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and just after the entry into force, on the night of Thursday to Friday, of a ceasefire announced by Israel. and Hamas in power in Gaza, after 11 days of clashes that left 243 Palestinians dead and 12 dead in Israel.
The clashes began after the great Muslim Friday prayer attended by a crowd of Palestinians, some of whom chanted slogans in favor of the Islamist movement Hamas in power in the Gaza Strip, according to AFP journalists present there. .
Projectiles were fired at Israeli forces on the plaza, Islam’s third holiest site and Judaism’s holiest site, police reported.
“Hundreds of people threw stones and Molotov cocktails in the direction of police officers who responded,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement, without specifying which means of dispersal had been used – an AFP journalist for his part observed the use of stun grenades and rubber bullets by the police.
On May 7, clashes broke out on the esplanade, amid tensions triggered by threats of evictions of Palestinian families for the benefit of Israeli settlers in another neighborhood of East Jerusalem, a Palestinian sector occupied and annexed by Israel.
The violence in East Jerusalem then escalated into military escalation between the Israeli army and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip, clashes in the occupied West Bank and in “mixed” towns in Israel where Jews and Arabs live.