Fresh scuffles between police and Palestinians break out at the Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem’s Old City, which has seen nightly clashes since the start of Ramadan.
Officers clear the Palestinians from the stairs outside the gate, where this year Israel banned worshippers from sitting during Ramadan.
Further adding to the unrest in the city have been attacks on Arabs by far-right Jews and a march Thursday to the Damascus Gate by the right-wing extremist group Lehava. The violence followed a number of assaults on Jews that were filmed and later uploaded to the TikTok video-sharing app.
Police fear potential “lone-wolf” terror attacks on Jews or Arabs in light of the recent tensions, but have no current information on actual plans to carry out attacks, according to the Haaretz daily.
At an earlier press conference, Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai denounced “extremists from both sides” and said reinforcements were sent to Jerusalem to help deal with any renewed unrest.
— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) April 24, 2021