Jerusalem (dpa) - According to media reports, dozens of people were injured in serious clashes in Jerusalem.
According to the police, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces broke out last night in the Old City on the Temple Mount (Al-Haram al-Sharif / The Noble Sanctuary).
Among other things, stones and fireworks were thrown at the officials.
These then took action against rioters.
Israeli media reported 163 injured Palestinians, citing the Palestinian Red Crescent.
The Israeli police spoke of six officers injured so far.
Thousands of believers had previously gathered on the Temple Mount for prayers last Friday in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Since the beginning of Ramadan and the postponement of the Palestinian parliamentary elections, there had been repeated tensions and violence in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The trigger for the unrest in Jerusalem was initially believed to be the anger of the Palestinians over blocking measures by the Israeli police in the area of the old town during Ramadan. Most recently, a conflict over the possible evictions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood has exacerbated tensions. Israeli security forces prevented an attack on a base in the north of the West Bank yesterday morning. Two attackers were killed.
The status of Jerusalem is one of the central issues in the Middle East conflict.
Israel claims Jerusalem as "the eternal and indivisible capital" for itself.
For their part, the Palestinians are sticking to their claim to East Jerusalem as their capital.
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