New riots in Jerusalem have injured hundreds of people. The Israeli police collided at the Al-Aqsa Mosque with Palestinian demonstrators. They threw rocks and other projectiles. Cops fired tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets. Reporter Ralph Dekkers is present in Jerusalem. Follow his report at the bottom of this post.
Red Crescent Aid Organization speaks of 275 wounded, who in some cases are in bad shape. About 205 people had to be transferred to hospitals. Police say 12 officers have been injured as well.
Police also had to intervene in another incident in the capital. A motorist hit a Palestinian after his car had been slammed with stones. After that, the crowd turned against the driver, who, according to the police, had lost control of the steering wheel. A cop shot in the air to disperse the evil Palestinians.
Its been restless in the Israeli capital for days. This has to do with, among other things, the planned expulsion of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. They should make way for Jewish settlers. The Supreme Court has yet to rule on that.
Israel also celebrates Jerusalem Day on Monday, an annual feast on the conquest of East Jerusalem in 1967. In order to avoid further unrest, the authorities had already decided that Jewish groups were not allowed to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Reporter Ralph Dekkers is present at the riots in Jerusalem. Follow his live report here: