Israeli police, Palestinians clash amid Jewish far-right march

Israeli police, Palestinians clash amid Jewish far-right march

More than 120 people were injured in overnight clashes in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday amid a Jewish extremist march in the Old City.

The violence broke out outside one of the entrances to the walled Old City where far-right Jews had completed a march, during which participants harassed Palestinians and chanted “death to Arabs.”

There have been nightly disturbances in the area since the start of Ramadan on April 13 with Palestinians complaining that police were blocking access to the promenade around the walls, a popular gathering place for Palestinians after the end of the daytime Ramadan fast.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it had treated at least 105 people, with some 20 of them hospitalized.

Israeli police said 20 officers were wounded, three of whom were taken to hospital.

They said “hundreds of rioters began disrupting the order violently including throwing stones and objects at forces” stationed near the Old City.

Tensions were high in Jerusalem after a series of videos posted in recent days showing young Arabs attacking ultra-Orthodox Jews, with Jewish extremists taking to the street bullying Arabs in nightly confrontations.

On Thursday night, the Israeli right-wing extremist group Lehava organized a march ending opposite the Old City attended by hundreds.

Police said more than 50 people detained overnight were taken for a remand hearing Friday morning.

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