JERUSALEM (AFP) – Major clashes broke out on Monday (May 10) between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police near the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, an AFP correspondent reported.
Hundreds of people threw projectiles at the Israeli security forces who responded with stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets, the correspondent said, adding that some of those involved were injured.
The sound of the stun grenades and ambulance sirens could in other parts of Jerusalem.
The violence erupted ahead of a planned march to commemorate Israel’s takeover of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War, an anniversary known as Jerusalem Day in the Jewish state.
On Friday night, more than 200 people were hurt in clashes between police and Palestinians on the esplanade where tens of thousands of worshippers had flocked for the last Friday prayers of Ramadan.
On Saturday, clashes in a number of east Jerusalem neighbourhoods left more than 100 people injured, said the Palestinian Red Crescent.
The four members of the Middle East Quartet – the US, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations – expressed “deep concern” on Saturday over the violence in Jerusalem.