Addressing the special meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Let no extremist force influence the peace in Jerusalem.”
Skirmishes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters
Clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compund: There was a clash between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli police on Monday at a holy site in Jerusalem. Authorities fired tear gas shells and ‘stun grenades’ during this period (Israeli Police Palestinians Clash). At the same time, the protesters threw stones at the police and also threw other items. Police said stones were pelted on the road near the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. At the same time, Palestinians have said that ‘stun grenades’ were fired on the mosque premises and many people were injured by it.
Earlier, there were reports of clashes in East Jerusalem on Sunday as well. The clash occurred a day before Israeli nationalists took out a parade from the Old City to present Israel’s claim in the disputed area (Jerusalem Issue). After this late night clash, there was an increase in the possibility of further violence in the annual ‘Jerusalem Day’ ceremony on Monday. The Israeli police had allowed the parade to take place on Sunday, despite the ongoing tension between Israel and Palestine for several days.
Netanyahu – Violence will not be allowed
Addressing a special cabinet meeting before ‘Jerusalem Day’ on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Let no extremist force influence the peace in Jerusalem.” We will implement law and order decisively and responsibly. He said, “We will continue the freedom to worship people of all religions, but will not allow violent activities to take place.” America has also expressed ‘grave concern’ about the current situation in Jerusalem.
American NSA made a call
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan expressed concern while talking to his Israeli counterpart over the phone. According to a statement issued by American National Security Council spokeswoman Tamarind Horn, Sullivan appealed to Israel to “keep peace during the Jerusalem Day commemoration.” ‘Jerusalem Day’ is celebrated to commemorate Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem in 1967. Tensions have increased in East Jerusalem in recent weeks. Both Israel and Palestine stake their claim on East Jerusalem. Palestinian devotees also clashed with the Israeli police in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound late on Friday night.
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