Israeli forces were deployed in large numbers across East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighbourhoods earlier in the day ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, both on Wednesday.
JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli police arrested seven Palestinians on Tuesday over suspected involvement in violence at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site the previous day.
Brief clashes had also broken out on Sunday, and afterwards young Palestinian protesters were seen preparing to “defend” the mosque during Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
Israeli security forces raise their weapons at Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday.
Netanyahu lobbied fiercely against the deal before it was adopted and sharply criticised it in the weeks afterward, but has recently eased off amid criticism at home about damage to Israel’s relations with the United States, its most important ally.
“Palestinian rioters who couldn’t find Jewish visitors to attack on the the Temple Mount, started throwing rocks and firecrackers at the Mughrabi Gate”. Since its occupation of Palestinian territories, Israel has not ceased to commit heinous crimes, violations and provocative and racist practices against the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nations, he added.
The DCIP said Israeli soldiers killed 12 Palestinian children in East al-Quds and the West Bank in 2014, and the majority of the fatalities were caused by ammunition.
The hilltop compound, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, was largely quiet Tuesday.
Since Monday morning, Palestinian men under the age of 50 have been barred from visiting the mosque, while women have not faced any age restrictions.
During the clashes, Israeli police entered the mosque’s interior.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said repeatedly that he is committed to the status quo there.
Fatah officials said Tuesday’s demonstrations were meant to protest Israeli actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
“We urge the Israeli authorities to ensure that security forces only employ force as a last resort and in full accordance with the standards laid out under worldwide law for maintaining public order, including detailed guidelines governing the use of live ammunition”, Colville said.
The Palestinians view such visits as provocations, and rumors have spread that Jews are planning to take over the site, fueling the recent clashes.
Israel seized East Jerusalem, where Al Aqsa is located, in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.