After the end of the month of Ramadan and an anniversary celebration of Jerusalem day, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police resulted in over 300 injured. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reports over 200 hospitalized Palestinians and police report over 21 officer injuries, and that’s not including those who are caught in the crossfire.
Protests over the evictions of Palestinian families have continued over the weekend. The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood saw many of its tenants receive eviction notices for not paying rent. Chief Rabbi Avraham Ashkenazi and Chief Rabbi Meir Orbach bought the property in 1875 and kept it until the war in 1948. In the meantime, Palestinians moved in. But, a recent Jerusalem District decision will allow for a number of upcoming evictions.
As the protests gained more traction, incidents of violence also rose. Even Pope Francis saw it necessary to comment to encourage that Jerusalem “may be a place of encounter and not of violent clashes.”
Police tried to limit clashes by redirecting a march scheduled for Monday to celebrate Jerusalem Day. The celebration is an anniversary of the war that won Israel parts of the city. It has historically ended at the Temple Mount, a partially walled block that shares space with the al-Aqsa mosque. The protests began at this site over the weekend. Instead of marching through the Muslim quarter’s Damascus gate as planned, police redirected the march to avoid the gate completely. They also kept Jewish groups from entering the Temple Mount plaza.
Yet, police officers, Jewish Israelis, and Palestinians alike were injured by stones, fireworks, flash grenades and rubber bullets. Videos posted to social media have captured the chaos. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) reposted one such video and alleged that praying Muslims were mistaken for protestors.
Eventually, al-Aqsa was closed to the public to prevent more clashes. Once the mosque and the protestors around were cleared out, police allowed those over 40 to enter because they were less likely to start confrontations.
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IDF detains ‘dozens of terror suspects’ after raid on Gaza hospital, finds meds with hostages names on them
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) raided Nasser Hospital, the main hospital in southern Gaza on Thursday due to “credible intelligence” that hostages were likely held there, and the bodies of some captives may still be in the complex.
The Times of Israel reported on the situation: IDF Spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari announced that from the raid troops were able to detain dozens of terror suspects. He said among those detained at the hospital were a Hamas ambulance driver who participated in the October 7 onslaught, another suspect who admitted to having taken part in the attacks, and a PFLP operative. The IDF also said it uncovered medications with the names of hostages on them.
During an evening press conference, Hagari said troops also found weapons, including explosives and mortars, within the premises of Nasser Hospital. Last month, a rocket was fired from the hospital at troops in Gaza. Hagari said that according to the IDF’s intelligence assessments, over 85 percent of “major medical facilities” in Gaza have been used by Hamas for terror activity.
The IDF said Hamas maintained a command room, an intelligence and interrogation complex, and a police station at Nasser Hospital. The IDF also released footage from the interrogation of a captured Hamas operative, who said that at least 10 hostages were held at Nasser Hospital.
“We conduct precise rescue operations — as we have in the past — where our intelligence indicates that the bodies of hostages may be held,” Hagari said in his earlier statement.
He said the IDF has “credible intelligence from a number of sources, including from released hostages, indicating that Hamas held hostages at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis and that there may be bodies of our hostages in the Nasser Hospital facility.”
“As was proven with the Shifa Hospital, Rantisi Hospital, Al Amal Hospital, and many other hospitals across Gaza, Hamas systematically uses hospitals as terror hubs,” Hagari said.
“Because Hamas terrorists are likely hiding behind injured civilians inside Nasser Hospital right now and appear to have used the hospital to hide our hostages there too, the IDF is conducting a precise and limited operation inside Nasser Hospital,” he said.
“This sensitive operation was prepared with precision and is being conducted by IDF special forces who underwent specified training,” Hagari noted.
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