Lebanon Calls for Immediate Action on Israeli Violence on Palestinians

Palestinians and Israeli police clash in Jerusalem

Hafez strongly denounced Israel's threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Eastern Jerusalem, branding this a violation of worldwide legitimacy and the global humanitarian law and a continuation of the forcible eviction of Palestinians from their homes.

Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Pakistan and Qatar - as well as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which normalised relations with Israel a year ago - have all also sharply criticised Israel.

Israel's attorney-general secured a deferment on Sunday of a court hearing on planned evictions of Palestinians in Jerusalem, a session that had threatened to stoke more violence in the holy city and heighten global concern.

Police fired stun grenades and "skunk" water cannons spraying foul-smelling water at Palestinians outside the Old City's Damascus Gate and scuffled with youths in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, amid other isolated flare ups across the area.

But the Israeli role in the hostilities - especially Friday's clashes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site - has met widespread criticism. "We will enforce law and order decisively and responsibly".

Israeli national police commissioner Yaakov Shabtai said he had ordered the reinforcements ahead of Laylat al-Qadr, saying "the right to demonstrate will be respected but public disturbances will be met with force and zero tolerance".

But outside the gates of the mosque compound, Palestinians skirmished for the second night in a row with Israeli police.

Monday also marks Jerusalem Day, when tens of thousands of Jewish nationalists are expected to march through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark 54 years since its capture during the Six Day War.

Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

But there were signs the violence was beginning to spread.

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This latest incident capped a week of unrest in the Holy City and the occupied West Bank. There were no reports of injuries.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh called on Sunday for a united Arab and Muslim response against Israel's "provocative desecration of the sanctity of (the) Al-Aqsa Mosque".

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced Israel as a "cruel terrorist state" in a speech in Ankara in which he referred to recent police clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Gazan protesters affiliated with Hamas militant group also launched incendiary balloons into southern Israel during the day, causing dozens of fires. Police said 15 people were arrested at another protest in the northern city of Haifa.

The ministry renewed Lebanon's "solidarity with the brotherly Palestinian people", affirming its "right to establish an independent Palestinian state, as per the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with worldwide legitimacy decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative issued in Beirut in 2002".

At the Vatican, Pope Francis said he was following the events in Jerusalem with worry and called for an end to the clashes.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz also addressed the ongoing tensions at the special cabinet meeting, echoing Netanyahu's statement that Israel is committed to maintaining freedom of worship.

"Violence only generates violence", he told the public gathered at St. Peter's Square.

Palestinians and global rights groups portray the planned evictions as a part of a campaign by Israel to drive Palestinians from traditionally Arab neighborhoods, especially in the heart of Jerusalem.

The flare-up in hostilities comes at a crucial point in Israel's political crisis after longtime leader Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition.

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