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Jerusalem tension: 20 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Bombing on Gaza

More than 300 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem on Monday, with several rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli territory, while Israeli retaliatory airstrikes reportedly killed 20 people, including children.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas has threatened to launch rocket attacks on Israel if it does not stop targeting Palestinians.

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On Monday night, the Israeli military claimed that Hamas had tried to fire dozens of rockets at the town of Ashkelon from Gaza, which was thwarted. The Israeli military says fighter jets have targeted a Hamas tunnel in Gaza.

Details of the casualties or damage caused by the latest Israeli attack have not yet been released.

Earlier on Monday evening, Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conrex told reporters that “we have begun to hit military targets in Gaza.”

Israeli officials say no one was killed in the rocket attack on Monday evening, but Israel has killed three Hamas militants in retaliation.

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What happened in the recent clashes?

Israeli police say thousands of Palestinians spent the night in the building and the next day (Monday, May 10) in the expected clashes on the eve of the “Jerusalem March”, they threw bricks, stones and Maloto cocktails. Equipped, which will begin at 4 p.m., local time.

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Monday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Monday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.

For about an hour, police hurled stun grenades at Palestinians who were throwing stones at them.

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Later, videos posted on the Internet showed police throwing grenades inside Al-Aqsa Mosque. 

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces have also been reported near the northern Israeli city of Haifa and the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended police action against Palestinian protesters, saying his government would “not allow any radical elements to disturb the peace of the city.”

Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in East Jerusalem and a neighboring country, has condemned the actions of Israeli security forces.

The United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, which are holding talks in the Middle East, have also expressed concern over the violence and called for restraint on all sides.

Reaction on social media

Since the beginning of these events, comments have been made on social media and these events have been mentioned in hashtag trends.

Representatives of reputable media outlets currently in Jerusalem are also sharing photos and videos.

Rania Zabanaha , affiliated with Al Jazeera, shared a video in which she said that according to local sources, dozens of people in Al-Aqsa Mosque were injured due to tear gas and stun grenades fired by Israeli authorities.

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Elizabeth Sarkov, a human rights activist, also shared the videos , saying: “Israeli forces are throwing grenades inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Violence is feared to escalate as Israel allows far-right Israelis to march on the old city, commemorating the 1967 occupation of East Jerusalem.

Similarly, the British newspaper The Independent’s correspondent for the Middle East, Bell Trio, tweeted and shared a video in which it can be seen that a car went out of control and hit a person on the road.

Bell Trevo commented on the video: “The situation in Jerusalem is very tense.”

The video is said to have been driven by a Jewish man, who lost control of his vehicle after being pelted with stones.

CBS News correspondent Imtiaz Tayyab shared the video and tweeted: “Tragic scenes inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning, where Israeli authorities entered the third holiest site of Islam.”

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Political reactions

Turkey called Israel an “apartheid state” that must end “heinous and cruel attacks” against Palestinians.

“To the Islamic world, we say: It’s time to stop Israel’s heinous and cruel attacks!” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s press aide Fahrettin Altun wrote on Twitter.

“To humanity, we say: It’s time to put this apartheid state in its place!”

The violence in Jerusalem was “an attack on all Muslims”, Erdogan added, and “protecting the honor of Jerusalem is a duty for every Muslim.”

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  • Wahid Bhat

    Wahid Bhat is an environmental journalist with a passion for covering climate change and environmental issues. He holds a degree in English Journalism (EJ) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has received Media Fellow for NFI India (National Foundation for India) and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Wahid's reporting has been published in a range of respected outlets including Earth Journalism, Global Village Space, The Quint, Youth Ki Awaaz, and Devdiscourse

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