Jerusalem violence leads to Hamas rockets on Israel, nine dead in Gaza
On Monday, Palestinian militants in Gaza launched rockets toward the Jerusalem city and southern Israel, threatening to punish Israel for violent clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem.
According to the Gaza health ministry, nine Palestinians, three of whom were teenagers, were killed “in a sequence of attacks in northern Gaza.” It did not directly fault Israel for the killings, which occurred in a region that has served as a staging ground for cross-border rocket attacks by insurgents.
Minutes after the enclave’s ruling Hamas Islamist faction issued an ultimatum requesting that Israel withdraw its troops from the al Aqsa mosque compound and another flashpoint in the holy city, rocket sirens rang out in Jerusalem, surrounding settlements, and villages around Gaza.
Earlier on Monday, when Israel commemorated “Jerusalem Day,” commemorating its seizure of eastern parts of the holy city in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, unrest exploded at the mosque, Islam’s third most holiest location.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, over 300 Palestinians were wounded in fighting with police who used rubber bullets, stun bombs, and tear gas in the compound, which is often respected by Jews as the location of biblical temples.
The clashes at al Aqsa, which police claimed injured 21 soldiers, had subsided by the 6 p.m. (1500 GMT) deadline set by Hamas.
During the 2014 war between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, rockets fired from Gaza struck the Jerusalem city.
“On Jerusalem Day, terrorist organisations crossed a red line and targeted us on the outskirts of Jerusalem,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
“Israel would retaliate vehemently. We would not accept assaults on our territory, capital, civilians, or troops. Whoever attacks us will pay a high price “He said.
International attempts to quell the unrest seemed to have started. According to Reuters, Egypt, Qatar, and the United Nations, who have previously negotiated truces between Israel and Hamas, are in touch with the group’s chief, Ismail Haniyeh.
According to Israeli Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, at least six of the 45 rockets shot from Gaza on Monday were aimed at the outskirts of Jerusalem, where a building was struck. There were no confirmed injuries.
“We have begun to strike Hamas strategic sites,” Conricus said in a briefing to international journalists, without elaborating on the timing of any Israeli offensive. “Hamas is going to pay a high amount.”
He said Israel had carried out an air strike against Hamas rebels in northern Gaza and was looking into allegations of children being killed.
“We had a number of incidents where rockets launched by Gaza terrorists fell short. This may be the same, “According to Conricus.
A Palestinian anti-tank missile launched from Gaza’s secured border with Israel hit a civilian car, wounding one Israeli, he added.
The rocket attacks were alleged by Hamas and the smaller jihadist faction Islamic Jihad.
“This is a warning that the enemy can fully comprehend,” said Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing.
VIOLENCE IN THE AREA OF AL AQSA MOSQUE
The hostilities came at an inconvenient moment for Netanyahu, who is negotiating the establishment of a ruling coalition to depose him after an inconclusive March 23 election.
According to some observers, Hamas’ threat to Israel was a signal to Palestinians, whose own polls had been delayed by President Mahmoud Abbas, that it was now in charge of keeping Israel responsible for events in Jerusalem.
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Over the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem has also become a focal point of Palestinian demonstrations.
In a long-running legal battle, many Palestinian families risk eviction from homes claimed by Jewish settlers, as ordered by an Israeli judge.
Police altered the path of a popular Jerusalem Day march, in which thousands of Israeli flag-waving Jewish youngsters stroll through the Old City, in an attempt to defuse tensions. They entered via Jaffa Gate, avoiding the Damascus Gate outside the Muslim quarter, which has recently become a flashpoint.
After the sirens went off, police hurried the marchers to safety at Jaffa Gate.
Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital, including the eastern half, which it annexed after the 1967 war in a measure that has not been recognised internationally. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a state they want to create in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.