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Timeline: Deadly Gaza and Jerusalem Clashes

Timeline: Deadly Gaza and Jerusalem Clashes

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 - 11:00
Palestinians in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, stage a protest in solidarity with Palestinian residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah who are facing eviction from their houses - AFP

This is a recap of the last few bloody days of violence between Israel and Palestinians, sparked by a years-long bid by Jewish settlers to take over Arab homes in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, according to AFP.

- Bloody end to Ramadan -

Clashes erupt on Friday as Muslims pack the Al-Aqsa mosque compound -- Islam's third holiest site -- 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-coated bullets and stun grenades. The site is also 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-coated bullets and stun grenades, the Palestinian Red Crescent says.

Israeli police say 17 of its officers are wounded.

The Middle East Quartet -- the US, Russia, 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 neighborhood 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 is postponed by the justice ministry 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.

On Sunday 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.

- March cancelled -

In Monday morning clashes at the mosque compound at least 395 Palestinians are wounded, with more than 200 hospitalized, the Palestinian Red Crescent says.

Fears of further chaos ease temporarily when a planned "Jerusalem Day" march to celebrate the Jewish state's 1967 capture of the Old City is cancelled.

- Dramatic escalation -

But then Hamas threatens escalation unless Israel pulls its security forces out of the compound, with more than 200 rockets reportedly fired by Palestinian militants towards the Jewish state.

Israel responds with 130 strikes by fighter jets and attack helicopters on "military targets" in the Hamas-run enclave.

Twenty-two Palestinians -- including nine children -- are killed in the exchange of fire.

More rockets are launched from the coastal enclave on Tuesday.

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