FM condemns 'racist attacks' on Palestinians

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, condemned attacks on Palestinians, saying in a tweet on Saturday: “We strongly condemn the racist attacks on Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem & urge prompt Int’l action to protect Jerusalemites. As the occupying power under international law, Israel is responsible for stopping these attacks & for the dangerous consequences of failing to do so.”اضافة اعلان

Occupied East Jerusalem was on edge just after midnight on Saturday as Palestinians faced off with Israeli occupation forces in nightly Ramadan clashes that sparked rocket fire by militants in the Gaza Strip and protests in Palestinian towns across the occupied West Bank, Reuters reported on Saturday.

The arrests and injuries raised tensions that spilled over into Friday night and early Saturday, when Palestinian youths again gathered outside the walled Old City and scuffled with hundreds of Israeli occupation force members in riot gear.

Palestinians pelted stones towards police firing water cannons. Others hurled rocks at an Israeli court building and smashed security cameras.

The Palestine Red Crescent said eight Palestinians had been injured Friday night in clashes with Israeli occupation forces, with two taken to hospital for treatment.

Occupied Jerusalem is at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israeli authorities claim the whole city, including its eastern sector captured in a 1967 war, as its capital. Palestinians seek to make occupied East Jerusalem capital of a future state in the West Bank and Gaza.

Clashes and incidents of violence have occurred nightly in Jerusalem - a city holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews - since the start of Ramadan on April 13.

Palestinians say Israeli occupation forces have tried to prevent them from holding their usual Ramadan evening gatherings outside Damascus Gate by erecting metal barriers in its amphitheater-style plaza.