Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, witnessed violent clashes between Arab and Jewish protesters that left multiple Israeli police officers and participants injured late-night Thursday.
As Palestinian youth tossed firecrackers and lit dumpster fires, far-right, ultra-nationalist Jewish groups chanted and displayed anti-Arab slogans such as “Death to Arabs,” “Revenge,” and “Death to terrorists,” with some throwing stones and also lighting fires, reported the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel.
Israeli Police on horseback and wearing riot gear struggled to keep both sides from harming each other in the riots, which went on for hours up until early morning Friday, according to reporting from Reuters.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 105 Palestinians suffered injuries from the clashes, 22 of whom had to be hospitalized, Al Jazeera reported. Over 20 policemen were injured and 50 rioters arrested, according to Israeli Police.
As officers used stun grenades, tear gas, and “skunk water” to disperse the riots, both sides hurled stones and bottles at each other, the BBC reported. Multiple police officers caught in the crossfire, trying to keep the peace, were injured. In numerous instances, officers tried to form human barricades to separate the groups, according to reports. (RELATED: ‘Dangerous For Israel’: Former Israeli Ambassador Criticizes Biden’s Potential Iran Deal)
Neighborhoods where the riots took place included areas near the Damascus Gate, Zacks Junction, Van Passen, Yehudai Junction, Shivtei Yisrael Junction, the Third Wall with Bar-Lev Road, Haneviim Junction, and those near the Nablus Gate, according to Israeli Police.
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