Palestinian Israeli conflict

UN ‘deeply concerned’ by violence in Israel, Palestine territories

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The United Nations voiced “deep concern” at the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians, as clashes erupted Friday again at Jerusalem’s flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound.

“We are deeply concerned by the escalating violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel over the past month,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Palestinians and Israeli police have regularly clashed at the site for the last week at a time of heightened tensions in the region following a string of deadly attacks inside Israel and arrest raids in the occupied West Bank.

Three rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

Palestinian youths hurled stones toward police at a gate leading into the compound, according to two Palestinian witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns. The police, in full riot gear, entered the compound, firing rubber bullets and stun grenades.

The Palestinian Red Crescent medical service said nine Palestinians were wounded, two of them seriously.

The al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City is the third holiest site in Islam. The sprawling esplanade on which it is built is the holiest site for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because it was the location of two Jewish temples in antiquity.

It lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and clashes there have often ignited violence elsewhere.

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