As Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day on Monday, marking the capture of eastern parts of Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, violence erupted at the mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.
The conflict in the Middle East is rising in tone. At least 24 people have died in the past few hours in clashes between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel attacked Hamas positions in East Jerusalem. The aerials caused the death of nine children.
They sounded like alarm sirens in Jerusalem due to the firing of more than 100 rockets at Israel already claimed by Hamas, which it said was a “response to the crimes and aggression against the Holy City.
A fire, visible for more than two kilometers around, broke out tonight in the area of the Esplanade of the Mosques in Jerusalem, the third holiest place in Islam where thousands of believers were present to pray. The cause of the fire has yet to be clarified.
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Early evening, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem was evacuated due to several rounds of rockets that were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, which caused the alarm sirens to sound. In fact, Hamas has already confirmed that there were more than 100 rockets against Israel, arguing that it was a “response to the crimes and aggression against the Holy City”.
Moments earlier, the Islamic Hamas movement had threatened Israel with a new military escalation if Israeli cadres did not leave the Mosque Esplanade and the neighborhood of Seikh Jarrah, both in East Jerusalem, until 6 pm local time.
The Esplanade of Mosques and the neighborhood of Seikh Jarrah have been the scene of violent clashes in recent days between Palestinians and Israeli police.
“An alarm just went off in Jerusalem. Police transparencies evacuating two people “gathered at the Western Wall to safer places, the police said in a brief statement.
At least 305 Palestinians called wounded, including 228 who were taken to hospitals and clinics for treatment, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. The organization also said that seven of the injured were in serious condition. Israeli police highlighted that 21 policemen lit up, three of whom were hospitalized.
Hundreds of Palestinians threw stones and other objects at the Israeli police who were at the Esplanade of the Mosques, the third holiest site in Islam and attributed the Temple Mount by the rooms.
Israeli security responses responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and stunning grenades.
It is the most serious confrontation between armed factions in Hamas, Gaza and Israel.
Israeli police said in a statement that they are working to try to contain violence on the Esplanade, and also “in other sectors of the Old City of Jerusalem”.
The Israeli army has already “started” to carry out a series of attacks against Hamas’ positions in the Gaza Strip, in particular a commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, who was killed. “We started touring in Gaza. We are targeting a senior Hamas commander,” an Israeli Defense Forces spokesman said at a press conference in Jerusalem.
“Terrorist associations crossed the red line on Jerusalem Day and attacked us outside Jerusalem,” said Netanyahu. “Israel will respond with great force. We will not tolerate in our territory, our capital, our citizens and our soldiers. Whoever attacks us sells a high price, “he said.