Mass riots occurred at the Shechem Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem; the police tried to prevent clashes between Arab and Jewish youth, the press service of the department reported.
The first clashes broke out after the end of the evening prayers of the month of Ramadan when hundreds of young Muslims staged a demonstration at the Shechem Gate of the Old City and began throwing stones at police.
“In the area of the Shechem Gate, a demonstration was held, which turned into serious unrest, during which there were attacks on police officers-they were thrown stones, bottles, various objects. Several people were detained, and two policemen were injured,” Israeli police spokesman Michael Zingerman said.
According to the ministry representative, the demonstration was declared illegal; its participants were asked to disperse.
At the same time, according to Israeli media reports, a column of far-right Israeli youth moved to the scene of the riots; the police said that they had taken measures to prevent clashes between the two radical groups.
“Police forces have launched operations to restore order and disperse hundreds of young people, creating a buffer between the Shechem Gate and the Neviim crossing in Jerusalem. After repeated attempts to disrupt the order, the police were forced to use special means, and control over this place has just been established,” the police said in a statement.
Thirty-two Palestinians were injured in the clashes in Jerusalem, a Red Crescent official told. “Thirty-two Palestinians were injured in ongoing clashes with Jewish settlers in the Bab al-Amud neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and 12 wounded were taken to hospital,” a Red Crescent official said.