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Pope Appeals for Peace in Jerusalem Amid Ongoing Clashes

The unrest started when Israel blocked off a popular area where Palestinians meet at the end of their day-long fast for Ramadan.

After renewed clashes in the streets of Jerusalem, Pope Francis on Sunday urged all parties to seek a common solution and put aside violence.

The Pope said at the Sunday Regina Coeli address that he is following the events in Jerusalem with concern.

“I pray that the city might be a place of encounter and not of violent clashes, a place of prayer and peace,” he said. (Read: Pope to Celebrate Mass for Myanmar Catholics on May 16)

“I invite everyone to seek shared solutions, so that the multi-religious and multi-cultural identity of the Holy City might be respected and that fraternity might prevail,” the Pope added.

What Is the Situation in Jerusalem?

The Pope’s appeal came following the latest in a series of violent confrontations which have coincided with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The unrest was sparked when Israel blocked off a popular area where Palestinians traditionally meet at the end of their day-long fast.

That sparked a fortnight of clashes before Israel finally recanted and lifted the restrictions. (Read: Pope Appeals for Peace and Reconciliation in Eastern Ukraine)

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Palestinian protesters throw objects during clashes with Israeli police, as the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan continues, in Jerusalem, April 23, 2021. (Photo from Reuters/Ammar Awad/Inquirer.net)

Renewed Violence

But the clashes resumed last week after Israel threatened to evict dozens of Palestinians from a district of East Jerusalem. (Read: Bishops in Myanmar Urge Military to End Violence, Start Dialogue)

Now in the latest round of violence, 136 people were wounded at the Al-Aqsa compound, and elsewhere in Jerusalem, on Friday and Saturday nights.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, most were hurt after being hit in the face and eyes by rubber bullets.

 


Text by Devin Watkins & Nathan Morley of Vatican News.

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