Violence renews on Temple Mount and in West Bank amid escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinians

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Palestinian worshippers gather rocks to throw at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 18, 2021. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)

Ben Sales, JTA

(JTA) — Nine Palestinians were injured during clashes with the Israel Police at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount amid escalating tensions on the Gaza border, less than a month after the end of a round of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

The clashes on Friday occurred as a crowd of Palestinians exited the Temple Mount, which Muslims revere as the Noble Sanctuary. According to the police, members of the crowd threw rocks at the police officers, who responded by firing sponge-tipped bullets and stun grenades.

In addition, a number of Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers outside an Israeli outpost in the northern West Bank. The soldiers fired tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets in that instance as well.

The fighting occurred amid renewed conflict between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Hamas has sent incendiary balloons into Israel, sparking fires in farmland and around border towns. Israel has conducted two rounds of aerial bombing in Gaza.

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Earlier this week, a crowd of right-wing Israelis marched in Jerusalem’s Old City, with some chanting “Death to Arabs” and other calls for violence. Last month, unrest and clashes in Jerusalem preceded the 11-day conflict between Hamas and Israel, in which more than 230 Palestinians and 12 Israelis were killed.

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