Published: 2017-07-23 12:55
Last Updated: 2017-07-23 15:00
Civil disobedience demonstrations have continued outside the Al Aqsa compound amid violent confrontations with Israeli occupation forces, one week after Palestinians started praying outside the holy site in protest of Israeli security measures.
On Sunday, Palestinians further reiterated their rejection of all forms of Israeli security inspections at the Al Aqsa compound, as clashes broke out in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
In the town al-Eizariya in the Jerusalem district of the West Bank, a Palestinian was shot dead in overnight clashes.
Israeli forces also attacked Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem's Old City, firing sound bombs and rubber-coated bullets, chasing them on horseback and beating them with batons. Attempts were also made to block off and close the area completely for the Ishaa prayer.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said that its medical crews provided treatment to some 63 Palestinians in Jerusalem, 14 of whom required further treatment and were transferred to hospitals, Ma’an News reported, with several others treated at the scene of clashes for injuries sustained from tear gas, sound bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri wrote in a statement Sunday morning that Israeli forces dispersed Palestinians who were throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces overnight in the occupied East Jerusalem's Silwan and Ras al-Amud neighborhoods.
Escalating tensions come as three Palestinians assailants and two Israeli policemen were killed in a shoot-out inside the compound ojn July 14, triggering intensified Israeli security measures including metal detectors, additional surveillance cameras, and turnstiles.
Sheikh Muhammad Hussien, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, reiterated his rejection to all new Israeli security measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that the situation must return to the way it was before July 14.
The United Nations is set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Jerusalem as requested by France, Egypt and Sweden, al-Quds reported.