Amid mounting tensions in Israeli-occupied territories, Palestinian believers fought violently with Israeli police on Friday on the Temple Mount in east Jerusalem. According to both sides, more than 220 people were injured in the serious clashes between the Israeli police and Palestinians.
The unrest near the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount came when thousands of mostly young Palestinians protested against the threat of eviction from the houses of Palestinian families after the Muslim evening prayer on Friday.
The protesters threw stones, bottles and fireworks at the 700 or so police officers who faced them. The police used rubber bullets, stun grenades and water cannons. Gunshots could be heard in the old town. At least 205 Palestinians were injured, the Red Crescent said. Israeli police said 17 officers were injured.
According to the Red Crescent, 108 injured Palestinians were taken to hospitals after the riot on Temple Mount. One injured lost an eye and two Palestinians sustained serious head injuries. According to Israeli sources, around half of the 17 injured police officers had to be hospitalized. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for the escalation and called for a special UN Security Council meeting.