JERUSALEM, April 18 – Israel shot down a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday, the Israeli military said, the first such attack in months as a flashpoint. Tensions on the Jerusalem temple angered Palestinians from Jordan and US mediation efforts. attracted rhetoric.
No group in Gaza claimed responsibility for the launch, after leading Hamas Islamists warned of retaliation for Israel’s conduct around Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque complex.
Palestinian sources said that within hours, Israeli airstrikes struck camps used by Hamas and another Gaza faction. The military said one of the targets was a weapons manufacturing site. no one was hurt.
Since Friday, Al Aqsa – also revered by Jews as the remains of two ancient temples – has seen clashes between Palestinian stone throwers and Israeli riot police recall the violence that helped fan the Gaza war a year ago Was.
Palestinians accuse Israel of encroaching on Al-Aqsa during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Israel says Palestinian protesters want to disrupt Muslim prayers for political purposes and block travel to Jews, who are now observing Passover.
Tensions complicate Israel’s security ties with Jordan, which is the custodian of al-Aqsa and which has a Palestinian majority.
Amman said Jordan’s King Abdullah told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that Israel’s al-Aqsa policy “seriously undermines” its chances of making peace with the Palestinians. Jordan also summoned Israel’s acting ambassador for reprimand.
Escalating the rhetoric, Jordan’s Prime Minister Bishar al-Khasawaneh told parliament: “I must commend all those who throw stones at Zionists who desecrate the Al Aqsa Mosque with the protection of the Israeli occupation government. “
Several passengers were injured when Palestinians pelted stones at Israeli buses traveling to Jerusalem’s old city on Sunday, police said, adding that al-Aqsa protesters were stockpiling rocks for attacks on Jewish visitors and police. Huh.
At least 152 Palestinians and eight policemen were injured in Friday’s clash around al-Aqsa, doctors said.
“I look with seriousness at statements that blame Israel for the violence that is taking place under us. Some people are encouraging stone-pelting,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told al-Khasawaneh’s televised comments. said in the video statement released after.
“It serves as a reward for the instigators, the dominant Hamas, who are trying to ignite the violence here in Jerusalem,” he said.
In Washington, the State Department said US officials spoke by phone with Israelis, Palestinians and Arab representatives over the weekend in an effort to prevent escalation of tensions in Jerusalem.