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25 wounded, 23 arrested as Palestinians, Arab Israelis protest across Israel

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Palestinians and Arab Israelis across the country held demonstrations on Sunday night against Israeli policies in Jerusalem, with fierce clashes continuing in the holy city. At least 25 people were wounded and 23 people arrested.

The latest violence comes a day before a contentious Jerusalem Day march was set to go ahead, despite reported warnings from security officials that the event could lead to a further major escalation in violence.

Clashes broke out again between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on Sunday night, which has emerged as a flashpoint due to the pending eviction of several dozen Palestinian residents in favor of right-wing Jewish nationalists.

Police used water cannons spewing foul-smelling “skunk” water and mounted officers against demonstrators, who reportedly burned a car belonging to Jewish residents and shot fireworks at local Jewish homes.

Israeli security forces fire water cannon during clashes with Palestinian protesters outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 9, 2021. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

In videos circulating on social media, Palestinians could also be seen throwing stones and bottles at police near the Old City’s Damascus Gate. Police fired numerous stun grenades and deployed “skunk” water cannons in an attempt to disperse Palestinians on the scene.

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The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 19 Palestinians were wounded in clashes across Jerusalem on Sunday night, including one of their medics, who was hit with a rubber-tipped metal bullet; five of them were hospitalized.

Police near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on May 9, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)Earlier on Sunday, three police officers and three Jewish Israelis were wounded in clashes near Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. The Shaare Zedek Medical Center said the three civilians were treated for light injuries sustained by stone-throwing.

Three Palestinians were arrested.

Violent clashes near Mount Scopus are relatively rare. Recent confrontations between police and Palestinians have largely centered around flashpoint sites in East Jerusalem, such as Damascus Gate and the Temple Mount.

צמד לוחמי מג״ב בעמדה בשער שכם עם עצור. מספר צעירים ללא היסוס מיידים לעברם אבנים ובקבוקים pic.twitter.com/FNiy52A6s3

— לירן תמרי | Liran Tamari (@liran__tamari) May 9, 2021

צמד לוחמי מג״ב בעמדה בשער שכם עם עצור. מספר צעירים ללא היסוס מיידים לעברם אבנים........

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