Israel-Gaza battle rages as US envoy visits


The worst violence in years between Israel and the Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip has seen dozens killed. It follows a month of spiralling tensions earlier than open battle broke out. Here’s what occurred within the lead-up to the preventing.

Israeli police officers detain a young Palestinian man at the Damascus Gate
Picture caption Israeli cops detain a younger Palestinian man on the Damascus Gate

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Clashes erupt in East Jerusalem between Palestinians and Israeli police.

Palestinians are indignant over limitations which had been positioned outdoors the Damascus Gate entrance to the Jerusalem‘s Outdated Metropolis stopping them from gathering there after prayers on the Outdated Metropolis’s al-Aqsa Mosque on what’s the first night time of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Palestinian discontent had been stoked earlier within the day when President Mahmoud Abbas referred to as off deliberate elections, implicitly blaming Israel over voting preparations for Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Hamas – Mr Abbas’ Islamist rivals who management Gaza and had been operating within the elections – react angrily to the postponement.

Violence round Damascus Gate and elsewhere in East Jerusalem continues nightly.

Rockets are fired from Gaza at Israel, which responds with air strikes after a relative interval of calm between Israel and the Palestinian enclave.

Clashes unfold to the blended Arab-Jewish port metropolis of Jaffa, subsequent to Tel Aviv.

In Jerusalem, Jewish youths, indignant over a spate of filmed assaults by Palestinians on Orthodox Jews posted on the TikTok video-sharing app, assault Arabs and chant anti-Arab slogans.

Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians outside the Damascus Gate
Picture caption Israeli safety forces conflict with Palestinians outdoors the Damascus Gate

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A whole lot of ultra-nationalist Jews shouting “Loss of life to Arabs” march in direction of Damascus Gate in protest on the Arab assaults on Jews. Clashes erupt on the website between Palestinians and police making an attempt to separate the 2 teams, injuring dozens of individuals.

Violence between Arabs and Jews spreads to different elements of town.

Militants hearth dozens of rockets at Israel from Gaza, drawing retaliatory air strikes.

President Abbas’ Fatah faction and Hamas condemn the looming threatened eviction of Palestinian households from their properties within the Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem by Jewish settlers forward of a deliberate courtroom listening to. Hamas calls on Arabs to type “human shields of resistance” there.

Within the days that observe, police and protesters repeatedly conflict on the website because it turns into a focus for Palestinian anger.

Militants in Gaza start sending incendiary balloons into Israel over successive days, inflicting dozens of fires.

Two Palestinian gunmen are shot useless and a 3rd is wounded after opening hearth on Israeli safety forces within the northern West Financial institution. Israeli authorities say the group deliberate to hold out a “main assault” in Israel.

The al-Aqsa mosque has been a frequent flashpoint for violence
Picture caption The al-Aqsa mosque has been a frequent flashpoint for violence

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Afterward after Friday prayers – the final of Ramadan – main clashes erupt on the al-Aqsa mosque compound, injuring greater than 200 individuals. Israel’s police drive says it used “riot dispersal means”, firing rubber bullets and stun grenades after officers got here underneath a hail of stones and bottles.

A second night time of violence erupts in East Jerusalem after tens of hundreds of worshippers prayed on the al-Aqsa mosque for Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night time of Ramadan.

Police and protesters conflict at Damascus Gate, with police utilizing water cannon, rubber bullets and tear fuel in opposition to crowds of Palestinians, some throwing stones.

Greater than 120 Palestinians and a few 17 police are injured.

Israel’s Supreme Courtroom postpones the listening to on the Sheikh Jarrah case following calls to delay it due to the rising unrest. Tensions stay excessive although and extra clashes happen between Israeli police and Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and at Damascus Gate.

Early morning clashes get away between police and Palestinians on the al-Aqsa mosque compound, the place crowds throw stones and officers hearth stun grenades.

Palestinian anger has been infected by an annual Jerusalem Day march deliberate for later within the day by tons of of Israeli nationalists to rejoice Israel’s seize of East Jerusalem in 1967.

The march is because of cross by predominantly Arab elements of the Outdated Metropolis in what’s seen by Palestinians as a deliberate provocation. It’s rerouted on the eleventh hour, however the environment stays unstable with greater than 300 Palestinians and a few 21 police injured within the violence on the holy website.

Hamas points an ultimatum to Israel to “withdraw its troopers… from the blessed al-Aqsa mosque and Sheikh Jarrah” by 18:00. When the deadline passes with out an Israeli response, rockets are fired in direction of Jerusalem for the primary time in years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the group has “crossed a purple line” and Israel retaliates with air strikes, killing three Hamas fighters.

A seamless alternate of rocket-fire and air strikes shortly escalates into the fiercest hostilities between the 2 sides since they fought a struggle in 2014.