In tense Jerusalem, flag-waving Israeli march to go ahead

A Palestinian woman reacts in front of Israeli forces as Israeli machineries demolish a house near Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

A Palestinian woman reacts in front of Israeli forces as Israeli machineries demolish a house near Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

Violence, which has been ongoing for several nights, continued in Jerusalem as Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on Saturday, leaving many injured.

Around 100 Palestinians were injured during the clashes, according to Palestinian medics.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported a total of seven injuries from Damascus Gate and Sheikh Jarrah, including four hospitalisations.

On Friday, Israeli settlers and Palestinians clashed on a street in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families are fighting a court-ordered eviction.

Beyond the Biden administration, the impending eviction has drawn criticism from allies throughout Europe, as well as Israel's newfound friends in the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

An Israeli policeman holds a weapon during clashes with Palestinians on Laylat al Qadr during the holy month of Ramadan, at Jerusalem's Old City, May 8, 2021.

"We wish to emphasize that East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, in which worldwide humanitarian law applies", Colville said.

The Jordanian and Egyptian foreign ministries both summoned Israeli envoys on Sunday to lodge protests over the Al-Aqsa unrest.

The clashes that subsequently broke out saw at least 17 Palestinians wounded, a lot of them by rubber-coated bullets, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu weighed in on the recent tensions in Jerusalem at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, emphasizing that Israel retains the right to "build in Jerusalem", after the Biden administration criticized the impeding evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem and Israeli construction in the West Bank.

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Israeli border police officers detain a Palestinian demonstrator during clashes with Palestinian protesters, in east Jerusalem, Friday, May 7. It said one rocket was intercepted, while two others exploded inside Gaza.

A lower court ruling earlier this year backing the settlers' decades-old claim to the plots infuriated Palestinians. That, combined with Palestinian anger over the eviction plan in the nearby Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, could set the stage for an especially volatile day.

A spokesman for Mandelblit said the court agreed to receive a future submission from the attorney-general and that a new session would be scheduled within 30 days.

Jewish Orthodox marchers gather to celebrate Jerusalem Day at the Old City's Damascus gate in Jerusalem on June 2, 2019.

But Jerusalem remained on edge ahead of a march planned for Monday to commemorate Israel's takeover of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, an anniversary known as Jerusalem Day in the Jewish state. Police said 15 people were arrested at another protest in the northern city of Haifa.

The Middle East Quartet, consisting of the European Union, Russia, the United States and the United Nations, on Saturday also expressed "deep concern" over the daily clashes and violence in East Jerusalem.

Hundreds of Gaza protesters had amassed along the Israeli border late Sunday, some armed with more incendiary devices, AFP reporters said.

Netanyahu emphasized that Israel "will uphold law and order - vigorously and responsibly, and warned the Hamas terror group that "Israel will respond powerfully to any act of aggression from the Gaza Strip".

The ministry also urged Israel to stop practice any actions that violate the sanctity of Al Aqsa, expressing its rejection of all Israeli attempts to alter the Arab, Islamic, and Christian identity of Al Quds and obliterate its historical and legal status.

It urged the worldwide community to work to end "repeated Israeli aggression" against the Palestinians and Al-Aqsa.

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