Palestinian protesters and Israeli police engaged in another clash outside the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday as tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers prayed at the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque on Islam’s holy night of Laylat al-Qadr.
Palestinian youths used stun grenades and water guns on horseback riding and anti-riot gear to repel residents, threw stones on the streets leading to the gates of the old city with walls, set fire to them, and removed police barricades.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society said at least 80 people were injured, including minors and one-year-old children, and 14 people were taken to hospital. Israeli police said at least one police officer was injured.
“They do not want us to pray. There is a fight every day, every day there are clashes. Every day there are troubles,” said Mahmoud al-Marbua, 27, speaking near the Old City’s Damascus Gate. Pointing to police chasing youths and firing thunder-flashes at them, he added: “Look how they are firing at us. How can we live?”