Beirut / Oslo (VG), On Monday, Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem. Shortly thereafter, Israel retaliated. The Palestinian authorities reported that nine people were killed in a counterattack on the Gaza Strip.
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The sound of anti-aircraft sirens came shortly after Hamas gave the Israeli authorities a 4 p.m. deadline to withdraw troops and police from Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.
Hamas said in a statement that the rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Jerusalem was a response to the Israeli “crimes and attacks”.
The last time rockets landed on Jerusalem was in 2014.
More than 300 Palestinians were injured after new clashes in Jerusalem
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz The Israeli military says at least seven rockets were fired from Gaza into Jerusalem. One of them is said to have been shot down by the Israeli missile defense system.
Several explosions were said to have been heard in the city, but it is currently unclear whether they caused damage.
At 5:45 pm, Palestinian media reported that Israel responded to the rocket attack and fired rockets into the Gaza Strip.
Haaretz reported that the Palestinian Ministry of Health said that nine people were killed in the Gaza Strip as a result of the counter-attack – three of them were said to be children.
According to the IDF, several rockets were fired from Gaza towards southern Israel, and one missile hit a civilian vehicle – wounding one person.
Earlier in the day in the Gaza Strip, a Hamas spokesman said that the joint leadership of the Palestinian armed forces had given Israel an ultimatum to withdraw. Security forces from the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.
This came after clashes broke out between the Israeli security forces and Palestinians gathered in the mosque.
The Israeli army announced, on Monday, the postponement of major military exercises in preparation for a possible escalation in the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem, according to Reuters.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 305 Palestinians were injured during contact with the Israeli security forces – seven of them seriously, while 21 Israeli police officers were injured – three of them needing hospital treatment, according to what it wrote. BBC.
The Israeli police give the green light to a national march in East Jerusalem
Expel the Palestinians
Violent clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli security forces several days ago as a result of the expulsion of Palestinians from Jerusalem. Palestinian groups around the world protested the eviction.
Many Palestinian families fear that they will lose their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem to the benefit of Israeli settlers. This comes after a court issued a decision in the Israeli Central Court, which ruled that a group of settlers can possess families’ homes. The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court and they are expected to provide their response this week.
This is Palestinian land. Nabil al-Kurd, 77, who is threatened with eviction, said that as residents of the neighborhood, we cannot accept that this is their land, this is our land.
The unrest over shrines in the Old City of East Jerusalem that has been annexed is the worst in several years, NTB writes.
Thor Winnisland, the United Nations envoy to the Middle East, who is from Norway, criticized the way Israel has been dealing in recent days.
I urge Israel to stop home demolitions and evictions in line with obligations under international law, he tells NTB.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem with the rest of the West Bank in 1967 and annexed the city. The United Nations Security Council ruled the occupation unlawful.
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