Al-Aqsa Mosque Clashes in Jerusalem Leave Over 270 Palestinians Injured

Al Jazeera Photo Credit – Hundreds hurt as Palestinians protest evictions in Jerusalem

Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque left over 200 Palestinians injured on Monday as tensions continue to boil over in the holy city.

Following clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound over the weekend, Monday’s hostilities erupted as Israelis prepared to mark Jerusalem Day, marking Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War.

East Jerusalem has been at the center of violent clashes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood face evictions over Israeli settlers’ plans to take over properties in the area.

According to The Associated Press, Israeli police said protesters threw stones from the mosque compound at officers, as well as towards an adjoining roadway near the Western Wall, where thousands of Israeli Jews were praying.

Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades as protesters threw stones and other projectiles at officers, AP reported. Videos from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque shared to social media on Monday purportedly showed worshippers scattering and shouting as Israeli police fired stun grenades and tear gas inside Islam’s third holiest site.

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