Not less than 163 Palestinians and six Israeli security officers have secured injuries as a result of violence and turbulence in Jerusalem.
There have been more clashes in Jerusalem ahead of the nationalist march. The rift happens between the Israeli police and Palestinians outside the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem before the nationalist march, which was a planned course.
According to BBC, crowds were seen throwing stones and security personnel in turn shot rubber bullets and stun grenades which leave injuries on more than 200 people.
This is coming amidst stirs and tensions in the city, which has seen weeks filled with uproar and turbulence.
Although, Israeli Police had earlier prohibited Jews from visiting the region where the mosque is located during the annual Jerusalem Day Flag March.
The event which is considered an intentional provocation and unapologetic humiliation by many Palestinians would see hundreds of Israeli youth march their way through the Islamic region, singing and chanting in one accord as they wave their flags to mark the capture of East Jerusalem (home to the Old City and holy sites)
However, this year’s parade (march) event is also dated in the final days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The international community have also interfered and appealed to the crisis. They seek for de-escalation on Friday, as raging decisions were made to evict Palestinian families in East Jerusalem’s Shaikh Jarrah district.
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, also appeal to both parties to “respect the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City in the interest of peace & stability.”
Deeply concerned by the heightened tensions & violence in & around #Jerusalem. I call on all to act responsibly & maintain calm. All must respect the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City in the interest of peace & stability. Political & religious leaders must act now.— Tor Wennesland (@TWennesland) May 7, 2021