Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police on the Esplanade of the Mosques in Jerusalem left 42 injured on Friday, April 29 in the morning. Among them, 22 were taken to a hospital in Jerusalem, but “none are in serious condition”said the Palestinian Red Crescent.

From “rioters” have “throwing stones”prompting the Israeli police to enter the plaza and use “means to disperse the crowd”, law enforcement said in a statement. The police fired rubber bullets, according to an AFP journalist on the spot, and tear gas canisters, according to other witnesses.

A series of attacks and operations in recent weeks

Over the past two weeks, violent clashes have injured more than 250 Palestinians in and around the Esplanade of the Mosques, Islam’s third holiest site and Judaism’s holiest site known as the Temple Mount. These clashes have raised fears of a greater escalation between Israelis and Palestinians, against a backdrop of bloody anti-Israeli attacks and Israeli military operations punctuated by deadly clashes in the occupied West Bank since the end of March.

The new clashes come as Muslim worshipers celebrate the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, which is due to end early next week.

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