Timeline: What is happening in Jerusalem

AFP , Monday 10 May 2021

This is a recap of the worst clashes since 2017 around the Al-Aqsa mosque in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem

A Palestinian man helps a wounded fellow protester amid clashes with Israeli security forces at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound on May 10, 2021. AFP

This is a recap of the worst clashes since 2017 around the Al-Aqsa mosque in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem -- Islam's third holiest site -- fuelled by a years-long bid by Jewish settlers to take over nearby Palestinian homes.

Bloody end to Ramadan

Clashes erupt on Friday as Muslims pack the Al-Aqsa compound to pray on the last Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Violence had been building in the holy city and occupied West Bank for the previous week.

Palestinians hurl stones, bottles and fireworks at police who fire rubber bullets and stun grenades. The site is sacred to Jews as the location of two biblical-era temples.

More than 220 people, mostly Palestinians, are wounded.

Second night

On Saturday prayers at the mosque compound are held peacefully but violence flares elsewhere in east Jerusalem.

Some 121 Palestinians are wounded overnight, many hit by rubber bullets and stun grenades, the Palestinian Red Crescent says.

Israeli police say 17 of its officers are wounded.

The four members of the Middle East Quartet -- the US, Russia, the EU and the UN -- express "deep concern" over the violence.

Court case delay

Much of the recent unrest stems from the long-running legal effort by Jewish settler groups to evict several Palestinian families from their homes in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

A lower court ruling earlier this year backing the settlers' decades-old claim infuriated Palestinians.

A Supreme Court hearing on a Palestinian appeal had been set for Monday and risked inflaming tensions further.

On Sunday the justice ministry delays the hearing in light of "the circumstances".

Third night

Scuffles between Palestinians and Israeli police in east Jerusalem continue overnight into Sunday.

Pope Francis joins global calls for an end to the violence.

In the evening Israeli police again face off against mostly young Palestinians at several locations in east Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defends Israel's response to the protests and rioting.

"We will uphold law and order -- vigorously and responsibly," he says, while vowing to "guard freedom of worship for all faiths".

Monday march

Fresh clashes break out Monday between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police near the mosque compound ahead of a planned march to commemorate Israel's capture of Jerusalem in 1967.

Hundreds of people throw projectiles at the Israeli security forces who respond with stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets.

The UN Security Council is due to hold a closed-door meeting on the violence later in the day.

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