The recent tensions in the Gaza strip have been escalating since the Israeli police put a barricade at the Damascus Gate. This was around the start of Ramzan, in mid-April, 2021.
The Damascus Gate is one of the main gates to the old city of Jerusalem. It is located on the highway that connects Damascus, the Syrian capital.
What caused the tensions?
The armed forces from Israel recently stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Israel. This was done ahead of a March by the Zionist Nationalists.
The action of the Israeli armed forces injured more than 300 Palestinians.
In response to the attack the Hamas fired dozens of rockets. Hamas is an Islamist militant group that runs the Gaza strip. To this the Israelis launched an air strike on Gaza. This killed more than 21 Palestinians including nine children.
Reasons behind the current escalation
After the barricade incident the Palestinian families in the east Jerusalem were threatened to be evicted. This led to clashes between the Israeli police and the Palestinian protestors. During the clashes a dozen of Israeli police personnel and hundreds of Palestinians were injured.
The Government of Israel had permitted the Zionists to conduct Jerusalem Day March. It is traditionally held by the Zionists. However, the Israeli armed forces attacked the Al-Aqsa Mosque claiming that the Palestinians had camped in the mosque with stones and cocktails.
It has been at the centre of conflict between Israel and Palestine for a long time. The UN partition plan proposed Jerusalem to be an international city in the year 1947. However, the Israelis captured the Western half of the city during the first Arab Israeli war in the year 1948. Jordan occupied the Eastern part.
Later in the year 1967 Israel captured the Eastern Jerusalem from Jordan. Israel later expanded the settlements in Eastern Jerusalem. Today there are 220,000 Jews in Eastern Jerusalem.
What do they want?
Israel sees the entire Jerusalem city as its unified capital. This claim was even endorsed by the former USA President Donald Trump when he was in power. On the other hand, Palestine is not ready to accept any compromise formula unless East Jerusalem is made as its capital.
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