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18 Jun, 2021 12:49

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police break out after Friday prayers on Temple Mount in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police break out after Friday prayers on Temple Mount in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

Violence broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces after Friday’s prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Nine injuries and over a dozen arrests have been reported.

In videos posted on Twitter, Palestinians, who refused to disperse after the afternoon prayers, hurled rocks at police outside the entrances to the Temple Mount compound. 

Israeli police present en masse at the religious site responded with rubber bullets and stun grenades, with the sounds of shots and explosions heard in the footage.

Nine Palestinians have been wounded in the clashes, the Palestinian Red Crescent said later on Friday. Three of the injured required hospitalization, it added.

At least 16 protesters were arrested at Temple Mount for allegedly rioting and tossing rocks at law enforcement, police said.

The Temple Mount is a hill in the Old City of Jerusalem, which is considered a holy site in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The latest clashes come as violence between Israel and the Palestinians has flared up again. On Thursday, Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza for the second time since a ceasefire ended the 11-day war in May. The strikes came after Palestinian militants launched incendiary balloons into Israel for the third consecutive day.

Hamas said the balloons were launched in response to an Israeli right-wing march though Jerusalem. The ‘March of the Flags’ marked the anniversary of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the city’s eastern part. Palestinians in Gaza held their own protest march.

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The 11-day conflict in May, according to the UN, resulted in the killing of more than 250 people in Gaza, including 66 children. Rockets launched from Gaza into Israel killed 12 people, including two children.

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