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Clashes on the Temple Mount: Almost 60 injured in front of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

Clashes on the Temple Mount
Almost 60 injured in front of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

Easter, Ramadan, Passover: The Israeli Ministry of Tourism is expecting around 30,000 foreign visitors this weekend. During Friday prayers, clashes broke out on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in front of the Al-Aqsa Mosque – almost 60 Palestinians were injured.

Clashes broke out between Israeli security forces and Palestinians on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is sacred to Jews and Muslims. According to the Palestinian rescue service Red Crescent, around 60 Palestinians were injured after Israeli security forces used tear gas “Jerusalem Post” reported. According to the police, after the end of the morning prayers, there was a violent clash on the Temple Mount near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in which rioters threw stones and fired firecrackers.

Around 100 rioters were among around 12,000 believers. Tens of thousands of Muslims were expected in Jerusalem’s Old City for Friday prayers to pray on and around the Temple Mount (Al-Haram al-Sharif) during the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan. In the evening, the Jewish Passover begins, which will also attract believers and visitors. The Ministry of Tourism expects a total of 30,000 foreign tourists this week alone.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam. In addition, despite a bloody wave of terror in Israel, thousands of Christians want to reenact Jesus’ Way of the Cross in Jerusalem on Good Friday. A massive police presence is expected, especially in the old town. The security situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories is extremely tense: 14 people have been killed in four attacks in Israel in the past few weeks. Last year, clashes around the Al-Aqsa Mosque led to days of heavy fighting between the radical Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israeli security forces.

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