Israeli riot police have clashed with Palestinians over potential evictions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound leaving more than 200 injured.
There were thousands of Palestinians that congregated at the mosque to protest against the Israeli government’s plans to evict them from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
It was unclear whether it was the police or the Palestinians who started the riots but both suffered injuries after bottles, bricks, and stones were met with batons, flashbangs, and tear gas.
Currently, there are 205 Palestinians and 17 Israeli police officers that were wounded in the clashes with 88 hospitalized for serious injuries.
The Palestinian Red Crescent which has set up aid stations around the area said many Palestinians were hit in the face and in the eyes by rubber-coated bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades.
The Israeli Police reported that one officer was hit square in the face with a rock and is in moderate condition.
Israeli Border Police officers have closed off Damascus Gate in the Old City to prevent the situation from escalating.
“We will not allow the disruption of order, any form of violence, and attempts to harm officers while taking advantage of the freedom of religion and using it to promote a violent incident that includes hundreds of worshipers starting to riot and hurting police officers,” said the Israeli Police force.
Israel’s supreme court will decide on Monday whether to grant an appeal to Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.
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