90 Palestinians hurt in Jerusalem clashes; IDF strikes Gaza after a rocket fired. A rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Sunday, as Palestinians clashed with Israeli police in Jerusalem and rioted along the Gaza border with Israel amid a serious flare-up of violence over tensions surrounding the Temple Mount that saw some 90 Palestinians hurt in riots on Saturday evening.
There was further rioting on Saturday evening in Jerusalem and Gaza, which was apparently contained in the early hours of Sunday morning by Israeli security forces, with the violence subsiding around 2 a.m.Around 1:30 a.m. rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said.
Rocket alert sirens were only triggered in an open field, where the projectile apparently landed. There were no reports of injuries or damage. The army later said it carried out a reprisal strike on a Hamas military post in southern Gaza. “Terror has consequences,” the IDF tweeted.
Earlier, in Jerusalem, 90 Palestinians were hurt in riots at Damascus Gate outside the Old City and 16 were hospitalized, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent, after protesters hurled bottles and rocks at Israeli security forces and the police responded with stun grenades and water cannons. There were no reports of Israeli injuries.
Some 90,000 Palestinians attended Laylat al-Qadr prayers at the Temple Mount, marking the Ramadan holiday’s holiest night. Worshipers at the compound chanted in support of the Hamas terror group’s military wing, which reiterated its threat to attack Israel over recent tensions in Jerusalem. “Strike Tel Aviv,” the Palestinian protestors chanted.
Abu Ubaida, spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, said the rocket attack was a response to what he called Israeli “crimes and aggression” in Jerusalem. “This is a message the enemy should understand well,” he said.
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said 45 missiles were fired into Israel in what the organization’s spokesperson called a “blatant, severe attack” by Hamas.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said in a briefing to foreign reporters that six of the rockets were fired into Jerusalem, and one missile hit a house in the outskirts of the city.