Thousands of Israelis marched in a controversial flag-waving procession through East Jerusalem on Sunday, after Palestinian factions warned that the event could ignite a new round of tensions.
Crowds waving Israeli flags marched from the Damascus Gate – the main entrance to the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old Quarter – dancing and singing “The Nation of Israel Lives” and “Death to Arabs.”
Israeli police in rebel equipment blocked the surrounding streets and forcibly removed Palestinian protesters from the route.
Seventy-nine Palestinians were wounded in Jerusalem by rubber bullets, sound grenades and pepper spray, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said, and a protester was shot with live fire.
Twenty-eight people were evacuated to the hospital, according to the agency, after clashes with Israeli security forces and Israeli marchers.
At least 163 Palestinians were also wounded in the West Bank. At least 11 of those injuries were caused by live bullets, according to the Red Crescent.
More than 50 people have been arrested and detained for involvement in riots and assaults on police officers, Israeli police said in a statement Sunday.
Five police officers were slightly injured in the various incidents and needed medical attention, police also said. Over 2,000 police officers and volunteers had been deployed throughout Jerusalem.
The flag march is an annual parade in which mainly nationalist Jewish groups celebrate that Israel gained control of the Western Wall during the Six Day War in 1967 and conquered East Jerusalem, placing the entire city under Israeli control.
The march has also been a hotspot for Palestinian residents of the old city in previous years.
Violence erupts around Jerusalem during controversial flag march
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