Thousands of Palestinians streamed to Al-Aqsa mosque in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in the largest such gathering since the coronavirus pandemic.
Heavy snow is rare in the city, so children went out into the streets to watch the flakes falling and hurl snowballs at each other.
Sheikh Abdullah calls Israeli FM, urges ceasing any practices that violate mosque’s sanctity; Arab League says Israel violating centuries-old policy which says non-Muslims may visit Aqsa but cannot pray there.
Video footage showed the police firing at a group of journalists holding cameras and loudly identifying themselves as members of the press. At least three Palestinian reporters were wounded by rubber bullets fired by police.
More than 20 Israelis and Palestinians were wounded on Sunday in several incidents in and around Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al Aqsa Mosque compound, two days after major violence at the site.
In a phone call, Abdullah was quoted as saying the cornerstone of peace was a comprehensive Arab Israeli settlement based on a two-state solution whereby a Palestinian state would emerge alongside Israel.
Hours after the clashes, the mosque was re-opened and some 60,000 people attended the main Friday prayers midday, according to the Islamic endowment that administers the site.
The UAE stressed the need to support all regional and international efforts to advance the peace process in the Middle East. It also underscored the need to end illegal Israeli practices that threaten the two-state solution.
In separate calls with Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid, Blinken stressed "the importance of Israelis and Palestinians working to end the cycle of violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza by exercising restraint and refraining from actions that escalate tensions..."