Dozens of Palestinians injured in police clashes as Jewish extremists chanting 'Death to Arabs' march in Jerusalem
April 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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JERUSALEM - APRIL 23: Israeli forces intervene Palestinian Muslims, who gathered in Damascus Gate after performing Tarawih prayer in Al-Aqsa Compound, with water cannon vehicles and sound bombs to now allow for gathering at Old Town district in Eastern Jerusalem on April 23, 2021. 105 Palestinians injured during Israeli interventions. (Photo by Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Clashes between Palestinians from east Jerusalem and Israeli police around the Damascus gate entrance to the Old City erupted in a night of unrest that earlier saw Jewish extremists marching through another city street shouting "Death to Arabs".
Jerusalem (CNN)Clashes between Palestinians from east Jerusalem and Israeli police around the Damascus gate entrance to the Old City erupted in a night of unrest that earlier saw Jewish extremists marching through another city street shouting "Death to Arabs".
The violence marks a high point so far in a new phase of complex heightened tensions in the city which began a week and half ago around the start of Ramadan, and prompted an unusual statement Friday morning from the US embassy in Jerusalem in which it called on "all responsible voices [to] promote an end to incitement. "
Close by, police used barricades of their own to prevent a march by hundreds of supporters of the Jewish extremist 'Lehava' movement from reaching the same area.
Videos on social media show hundreds of people marching down one of Jerusalem's main thoroughfares, Jaffa Street, towards Damascus Gate chanting repeatedly "Death to Arabs. "
Israeli media reports Lehava supporters threw rocks at police, and videos on social media show police water cannon being used to disperse them.
The violence continued well into Friday morning with incidents reported across the city, including one captured on video apparently showing Palestinian youths repeatedly kicking a Jewish man in east Jerusalem as he lies on the ground attempting to protect his head.