Thursday, July 27, 2017

After nearly 2 weeks of tensions at Haram al-Sharif, the Israeli police overnight remove the last of the new security measures installed in the wake of the deadly attack on 7/14. Top Muslim figures, including the mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, certify that the situation at the sanctuary has returned to what it was prior to the attack, and call on Muslims to resume prayers at the sanctuary. They then meet with PA pres. Abbas, who says that the Palestinian leadership will continue discussing the situation before he makes a decision on resuming contacts with Israel. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Muslims pray at the sanctuary. As the crowds enter the sanctuary, clashes break out (the Israeli police say that Palestinians threw stones at them and they responded with riot-control methods. Palestinians say that Israeli forces started firing tear gas and stun grenades unprovoked). According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 94 worshippers are injured to some degree. More than 100 Palestinians are arrested. The Israeli authorities then reopen the sanctuary entrance. In the West Bank, Israeli forces install an iron gate at the entrance to Janata nr. Bethlehem and shut down the Beit El checkpoint in the wake of the unrest in Jerusalem, according to the IDF. After receiving reports of stones thrown at an Israeli settler outside Tuqu‘ nr. Bethlehem, IDF troops conduct raids in the village; there are no arrests. They arrest 2 Palestinians during further raids nr. Jenin, and patrol nr. Hebron, Qalqilya, and Salfit. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Jabaliya r.c., causing no damage or injuries. (EI, HA, MNA, NYT, TOI, WAFA 7/27; HA, MNA 7/28; PCHR 8/3)

A Palestinian man succumbs to injuries sustained in clashes with Israeli forces in Hizma on 7/24. (MNA 7/27)