At least 120 have been injured in clashes between Palestinians and ultranationalist Jews in Jerusalem on Thursday night.
The violence broke out outside one of the entrances to the walled Old City where far-right Jews had completed a march, during which participants harassed Palestinians and chanted ‘death to Arabs’.
Palestinian counter-protesters also joined the fray in which stones were thrown at police and fires set across roads, leaving over 100 Palestinians and 20 Israeli police wounded.
Dozens were injured in clashes between Palestinians and ultranationalist Jews in Jerusalem on Thursday night
Hundreds of Jews chanting ‘Death to Arabs’ confronted Palestinians outside Damascus Gate in the holy city, sparking the clashes
At least 120 people were injured, including 21 who were taken to hospital for treatment, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent
Israeli mounted police charged on protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowds during clashes on Thursday night
The clashes come amid heightened tensions Jerusalem during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, despite having a period of relative calm in the city in the past few months
Palestinian counter-protesters built barricades and set fires along roads near Damascus gate in Jerusalem on Thursday night
Israeli police stepped in with stun grenades and water cannons to break up the violence.
Over 120 people were injured, including 21 who were taken to hospital for treatment, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. Israeli police said 20 officers were wounded, three of whom were taken to hospital.
At least 50 people, both Palestinians and ultranationalist Jews, were arrested and will be taken for a remand hearing on Friday morning.
Tensions were high in Jerusalem after a series of videos posted in recent days showing young Arabs attacking ultra-Orthodox Jews, with Jewish extremists taking to the street bullying Arabs in nightly confrontations.
On Thursday night, the Israeli extreme-right group Lehava organised a march ending opposite the Old City attended by hundreds to protest the anti-Jewish violence.
Videos on social media also showed Palestinians attacking ultra-Orthodox Jews in the early hours of Friday.
Thursday’s protest, organised by far-right anti-Arab group Lehava, comes after a week of escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis in the holy city
Hundreds of members of far-right group Lehava took part in anti-Arab protests, chanting ‘Death to Arabs’ on Thursday night
Palestinian counter-protesters also joined the fray in which stones were thrown at police and fires set across roads
Israeli border police stepped in to break up clashes between far-right group Lehava and Palestinian counter-protesters amid heightened tensions in the holy city
Nightly clashes and other violent incidents between Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem during Ramadan have laid bare simmering tensions in the holy city.
Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police amid a dispute over evening gatherings at Damascus Gate after iftar, the breaking of the daytime fast during the Muslim holy month.
A video on social media app TikTok purporting to show a Palestinian slapping an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on Jerusalem’s light rail train has drawn protests by Israelis and calls by some right-wing politicians for tougher police action.
The incidents, which followed the start of Ramadan on April 13, threaten to break a sustained period of relative quiet in a contested city at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
At least 50 people, both Palestinians and ultranationalist Jews, were arrested after the clashes outside Damascus gate on Thursday
At least 21 people were hospitalised with injuries after the clashes, including this Palestinian who received treatment from medics outside Damascus gate before going to hospital
An injured Palestinian protester is taken to hospital after being hit during clashes with ultranationalist Jewish group Lehava on Thursday
Palestinian counter-protesters built barricades and set fires near Damascus gate during clashes late on Thursday
Israeli border police stepped into break up the violence (Pictured: police arrest an Israeli youth member of Lehava)
Palestinians say police have tried to prevent them from holding their usual Ramadan evening gatherings outside Damascus Gate, an historic landmark on the north side of Jerusalem’s walled Old City.
Israeli police have fired stun grenades and sprayed foul-smelling skunk water to disperse the Palestinians, who in turn have discharged fireworks towards them.
‘Palestinians love to relax in this area after evening prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the occupation (Israel) doesn’t like it. It’s a matter of sovereignty,’ said Jerusalem resident Mohammad Abu Al-Homus, pointing to metal barricades thrown up by police in the area outside Damascus Gate in recent weeks.
Israeli police stepped in with stun grenades and water cannons to break up the violence in Jerusalem on Thursday
Streets around Jerusalem’s Damascus gate, the main entrance to the old city, were set ablaze during the clashes on Thursday night
Damascus gate (pictured) is the main entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem and is often a focus point for violent clashes
Israeli border police fire a stun grenade in an effort to disperse Palestinian counter-protesters and the Jewish far-right group Lehava
Israeli police were deployed in force to break up violence between the warring factions in Jerusalem on Thursday
Palestinians say police have tried to prevent them from holding their usual Ramadan evening gatherings outside Damascus Gate, an historic landmark on the north side of Jerusalem’s walled Old City
An Israeli police spokesperson said his officers will ‘act firmly against violence and riots of all kinds’ to preserve public safety
The measure, according to Israeli police, is part of its efforts to ensure that tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers have safe access to the main Islamic prayer site in the Old City, known as the Noble Sanctuary.
‘Since Damascus Gate is the main way to reach and enter the Old City, police forces carry out field activities using various means to prevent friction, violence and confrontation, and to maintain order and security in the area,’ said a police spokesman.
He also said they will ‘act firmly against violence and riots of all kinds’ to preserve public safety.
Israeli police have fired stun grenades and sprayed foul-smelling skunk water to disperse the Palestinians, who in turn have discharged fireworks towards them
Israeli border police blocked the path of members of the ultranationalist Jewish group Lehava as they approached Damascus gate on Thursday night
Israeli border police detained at least 50 people from both sides of the clashes, including this Palestinian man
Israeli police deployed water canons to disperse Jewish and Palestinian protests near Damascus gate last night
The skirmishes come amid heightened tensions during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan
There have been some street skirmishes between Palestinian and Israeli civilians.
Police arrested four people in one such fight on Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem on Wednesday night, Israeli media reported.
‘Jews won’t be scared to walk around Jerusalem!,’ said a leaflet distributed on WhatsApp calling for Jewish protests at Damascus Gate on Thursday night.
Israel claims all of Jerusalem, including the eastern sector captured in the 1967 Middle East war, as its capital.
Palestinians seek to make East Jerusalem, including its Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites, capital of a future state.
Several clashes have taken place in recent weeks. Police arrested four people in one such fight on Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem on Wednesday night, Israeli media reported
Palestinians seek to make East Jerusalem, including its Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites, capital of a future state
Members of the Israeli security forces were deployed on horses during the protests outside Jerusalem’s old city on Thursday night
Israeli border police said 20 officers were wounded during the clashes in Jerusalem, three of whom were taken to hospital on Thursday night
Palestinians flee from Israeli border police at Damascus gate in Jerusalem during clashes with far-right anti-Arab group Lehava on Thursday night
Palestinians joined the fray after ultranationalist group Lehava marched on the Old City to protest over violence against Jews and Israelis
Stun grenades were fired by Israeli border police during the clashes in Jerusalem on Thursday night in a attempt to force protesters to disperse
Members of Israeli border police stood guard at Damascus gate in Jerusalem on Thursday as protesters from far-right anti-Arab group Lehava marched on the Old City