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Dozens injured, arrested in overnight Jerusalem clashes

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PHOTO: Clashes between police and Palestinian youths in Jerusalem on April 21, 2021

Police arrested dozens of Arab and Jewish demonstrators in Jerusalem clashes Thursday night, with dozens also injured in clashes.

Several hundred Jewish protesters organized by Lahava, a far-right organization, clashed with Arab protesters around the old city, near the Damascus Gate. Police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowds.

Lahava, which means “flame” in Hebrew, serves as an acronym for “Preventing Assimilation in the Holy Land“ in the organization’s case.

Arab protesters also clashed with police after throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, with police arresting 78, according to Palestinian sources. At least a hundred were injured, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. At least one police officer reportedly suffered a head injury from a rock thrown at him.

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In the Mahane Yehuda market, a fight broke out between Jewish youths chanting “death to Arabs” and Arab restaurant workers at around 2:30 am on Friday. Police arriving at the scene reportedly put themselves between the groups and helped the Arab workers escape.

Reports also came of home break-ins by rioting Jewish youth and scenes of garbage bins set on fire in the city.

Incidents of stone throwing by Arab rioters continued into the night, with a Jewish man firing his gun after his car was stoned by youths. Police confiscated his gun and said they are investigating the incident.

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‘Israel has the right to self-defense’ — Psaki

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PHOTO: White House press secretary Jen Psaki

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has stated that “Israel has the right to self-defense” against Gaza-based Islamist terrorists who have rained down over 2,000 rockets on southern and central Israel since Monday.

She noted that Hamas is a terrorist group, but stressed that the US is focused on de-escalation.

“It’s important to remember that Hamas is a terrorist group. They don’t represent the views, the families and the Palestinian people who are suffering. There’s no excuse for the rockets,” Psaki told journalists.

Meanwhile, US Secretary for Israeli-Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr landed in Israel on Friday, as part of Washington’s efforts to defuse the most intense fight between Gaza-based Islamist terrorists and the Jewish state since 2014.

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Barka da Sallah to Muslim faithfuls who don’t behave like terrorists — Kanu

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Nnamdi Kanu, rights activist and leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB)

Rights activist, Nnamdi Kanu, has congratulated Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr – one of the holiest occasions on the Islamic calendar.

Kanu, in a message Thursday, noted that his message and best wishes are directed to “Muslim faithfuls who don’t think and behave like the terrorists” who he said are presiding over the government in Nigeria.

“May the peace & blessings of your God Allah be and abide with you always,” said the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

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Rocket attacks: Nigerian govt frowns, send message to Israel

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s federal government has expressed its displeasure with the rocket attacks between Israel and the Palestinian militant group in Gaza, Hamas.

In a statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, ​​Nigeria’s federal government called on both sides to defuse hostilities.

“The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to state that the Federal Government of Nigeria is watching with great concern the unfolding developments with Israel and the State of Palestine and urges both parties to see reason and de-escalate the hostilities,” said Nwonye.

“The Federal Government further urges the two parties to remain committed to the two-state solution and, in the meantime, guarantee the rights of all citizens to live in peace and dignity.”

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