JERUSALEM: At least 57 Palestinians were injured after Israeli police once again stormed Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, as violence persisted by Israeli forces during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Reuters witnesses said police entered the compound after the morning Ramadan prayers and fired rubber-tipped bullets and stun grenades at a crowd, some of whom were throwing rocks. Police also used a drone to drop tear gas.
The surge of violence in Jerusalem has raised fears of a repeat of last year’s war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement ruling Gaza.
In what may presage wider conflict, Israel said two rockets were fired from Gaza, one falling short and another striking across the border without damage. It was the third such incident this week, breaking months of relative calm on the Gazan front.