More than 200 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police.

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Clashes erupted overnight at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, wounding more than 220 people, including 17 Israeli police officers, according to local authorities.

The unrest erupted over fears that Palestinians would be evicted from lands occupied by Jewish settlers.

Palestinian news agency WAFA said Israeli police attacked worshippers at the mosque following evening prayers, injuring more than 200 Palestinians.

Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported that some 70,000 worshippers attended the final Friday prayers of Ramadan, with thousands lingering afterward to protest. Israeli police said protesters hurled stones at security forces, prompting the clashes.

The mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City is a significant Islamic centre, but its venue, Temple Mount, is also revered in Judaism.

According to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel is “responsible for the dangerous developments and sinful attacks.”

The Palestinian Red Crescent said emergency officials transported 88 Palestinians to a hospital for injuries sustained by rubber-coated bullets.


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