Violence Renews at al-Aqsa mosque as Israel marks Jerusalem Day

Violence Renews at al-Aqsa mosque as Israel marks Jerusalem Day

The area is the spiritual epicenter of the dispute between Israel and Palestine over who Jerusalem belongs to

Israeli police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at Palestinian protesters in clashes at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Monday as Israel marked the anniversary of its capture of parts of the city in 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said more than 180 Palestinians were injured in the violence, of whom more than 80, including one person in critical condition, were transferred to hospitals.

Al-Aqsa, Islam’s third-holiest site, has been a focal point of violence in Jerusalem throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The clashes have raised international concern.

Tensions were particularly high as Israel was marked “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.

 

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