2022 – Jerusalem, Israel: Violence erupts during the controversial flag march

Crowds waving Israeli flags make their way from Bab al-Amud – the main entrance to the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City – dancing and singing “Nation of Israel Long Live” and “Death to the Arabs”.

Israeli riot police blocked the surrounding roads and forcibly expelled Palestinian demonstrators from the road.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said 79 Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets, sound bombs and pepper spray in Jerusalem, and one protester was killed by live ammunition.

According to the agency, 28 people were taken to hospital after clashes with Israeli security forces and Israeli protesters.

At least 163 Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank. According to the Red Crescent, at least 11 of those injuries were caused by live bullets.

In a statement on Sunday, the Israeli police said that more than 50 people were arrested and detained for their involvement in rioting and assaulting police officers.

Police said five police officers sustained minor injuries in various accidents and required medical attention. More than 2,000 police and volunteers have been deployed throughout Jerusalem.

The Flag Parade is an annual parade in which primarily nationalist Jewish groups celebrate Israel’s control of the Western Wall and the occupation of East Jerusalem during the Six-Day War of 1967, bringing the entire city under Israeli control.

The march has also been a focal point for the Palestinian residents of the Old City in recent years.

Reporting was provided by CNN’s Atika Schubert, Abeer Salman and Lauren Ezo in Jerusalem, and Celine Al-Khalidi in Amman.

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