Jerusalem has been on edge for weeks – here’s why

Israeli-Palestinian tensions have simmered across the contested city throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, writes Bel Trew

Sunday 09 May 2021 19:01
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<p>Palestinians react as Israeli police fire a stun grenade during clashes at Damascus Gate</p>

Palestinians react as Israeli police fire a stun grenade during clashes at Damascus Gate

The footage is extraordinary. In a video shared online Israeli police officers are seen throwing what sound like stun grenades into a room packed with worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest places in Islam and the most important symbols in the Arab world.

Against the intermittent booms you can hear the shouts of Palestinians, who were holding Friday prayers during the Holy month of Ramadan. Crowds rush to get out.

Outside, another video shows Palestinians throwing stones and bottles back at police firing rubber bullets and stun grenades at crowds.

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