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Temple Mount: Several arrested as clashes begin, police attacked

CM 08/05/2021

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The IDF and Israel police have increased troop presence after violent clashes and the thwarting of a “major attack” overshadowed the end of Ramadan in Jerusalem and the West Bank.Additional clashes following those that had occurred on Friday night were expected to occur once more on Saturday night as Muslim prayer-goers made their way to al-Aqsa mosque.Hundreds were spotted walking up to Jerusalem on foot on Saturday afternoon as Israel Police stopped traffic heading into Jerusalem just ahead of Laylat al-Qadr, one day after violent clashes erupted on the Temple Mount.

The police stated that they had stopped traffic to investigate passengers on one bus of a row of buses, heading to Jerusalem to bring Muslim people to al-Aqsa mosque. However, the buses were left standing in place as police conducted check-ups, so passengers embarked on foot. According to Israeli media, one specific bus was stopped for investigation of the passengers, leaving the entire road blocked. Following the investigations, police opened the highway for travelers to Jerusalem. In response to the road blockage, the police spokesperson indicated that they intend to prevent anyone wishing to commit violent acts from arriving in Jerusalem. “The Israel Police respects all religions and will continue to allow freedom of worship. At the same time, the police will not allow protesters to arrive in Jerusalem for the purpose of participating in violent disturbances,” the statement concluded.

Laylat al-Qadr marks the day in Islam in which it was believed that the Quran was first sent to the world from Heaven.
Route 1 was left at a standstill as a result of the check-ups.
Meanwhile, Israel Police beefed up security forces throughout Jerusalem ahead of what are expected to be more confrontations with Palestinian protesters.Tensions have risen substantially throughout Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan over the potential eviction of Palestinians from Jerusalem homes in the disputed neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem.
Violent clashes broke out at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Friday between worshipers and security forces, just as tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers gathered to mark the last Friday prayers of the Ramadan month of fasting.
At least 205 Palestinians and 18 Israeli officers were injured, drawing international condemnations and calls for calm, from the US to the UAE. Meanwhile, dozens of protesters carrying Palestinian flags gathered in Clock Square of Jaffa on Saturday evening, crying out chants about al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Jarrah and voicing opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In Sheikh Jarrah on Saturday night, police dispersed protesters after they threw rocks, according to the police spokesperson. The police also allegedly set up checkpoints in order to quell the violence, Walla news reported. Demonstrations by Arab-Israelis and Palestinians also have been taking place in numerous localities on Saturday over police conduct at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday.Similarly, two people were arrested and another detained on Saturday following a brawl at A-Tur junction in east Jerusalem, on suspicion of engaging in the violence and using a weapon, while two others were arrested after allegedly assaulting police officers on Hagai Street in Jerusalem.  Some five protesters in the Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm were also arrested on Saturday after allegedly throwing stones at a police station. During the brawl, one of those detained allegedly fired a shot into the air. After police arrived, the suspects pelted them with stones, which is what also led to their arrests.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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