Despite Israeli police attacks on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, 1.5 million people attend Friday Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque on the third Friday prayers of Ramadan.
According to the foreign news agency ‘AFP’, the United Nations has expressed its deep concern over the growing insecurity in Israel, citing clashes with Palestinian protesters and the recent violence in Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Red Crescent says 57 people were injured and 14 were taken to hospital, one of them in critical condition.
The clashes erupted after a month of deadly violence as the Jewish Passover (Pesach) and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan end together.
The violence has raised fears of an international confrontation.
One year ago, similar unrest was witnessed in Gaza during the 11-day war between Israeli and Palestinian militants.
This week, a Palestinian group fired rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, prompting Israeli airstrikes from warplanes.
“We are deeply concerned about the escalating Israeli violence in the occupied Palestinian territories over the past month,” said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
On April 15, the first day of the Passover, Israeli forces wounded at least 158 Palestinians and arrested 400 others, but more Palestinians were injured and arrested during the week.
Despite the growing dangers, Palestinians say their continued presence at Al-Aqsa Mosque is essential.
Rana Mohammed, a Palestinian citizen, told Al Jazeera, a foreign broadcaster that “This is our land and Masjid-e-Aqsa is our religion.”
Rana Mohammad said, “We can’t come here on a normal day, so we look forward to this moment with every passing moment. Our feelings about being here are indescribable.”
Israeli police say Palestinians pelted the West Bank with stones before Friday, a “holy place” for Jews to worship.
“The mob was dispersed by police to end the violence, and one police officer was injured in the incident,” he said in a statement.
Remember that Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site of Islam while it is a very sacred place for Jews, like Temple Mount.