Towering Fire Near Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque Lights Up Night as Tensions Escalate

A tree caught fire near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Monday, May 10, as violent exchanges between worshippers and Israel Police left hundreds injured.

This footage was captured by the Palestinian network AlQastal on Monday night. According to reports, the fire was quickly put out and did not cause damage to the mosque.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said hundreds of people were injured following a police raid at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Monday. Scores of police officers were also reported injured. Witnesses told Haaretz police used tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-tipped bullets.

Later on Monday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said a number of rockets were fired from Gaza to Jerusalem. This triggered a retaliatory airstrike that killed nine, including three children, in Beit Hanoun, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

The IDF released footage, which has not been independently verified, that it said showed its strike on three Hamas individuals who were launching the rockets.

Tensions recently rose in Jerusalem amid the possible eviction of several Palestinian families in the city’s eastern Sheikh Jarrah district. Credit: AlQastal via Storyful

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