Officials reported on Tuesday that Israeli settlers hurled stones, chairs, and fireworks at Palestinians in a sensitive Jerusalem area where settler groups are attempting to evict several Palestinian families.
The looming evictions fuelled protests and violence in the run-up to Israel's 11-day Gaza war last month, and they'll be a litmus test for the country's new ruling coalition, which includes three pro-settler parties but is aiming to keep the Palestinian issue off the table to minimize internal splits.
Four people were apprehended in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, according to Israeli police and border officials. Who sparked the brawl was unknown. A woman was reportedly hurt when a stone struck her in the back, according to authorities.
The Red Crescent claimed its workers treated 20 Palestinians, including 16 who were injured by pepper spray and tear gas, and others who were shot with rubber-coated bullets. Two more individuals were injured, including an elderly guy who was struck in the head, according to the report.
Israelis threw stones at one of the Red Crescent's ambulances, and Israeli soldiers sprayed skunk water on another of the service's ambulances, according to the Red Crescent.
The escalation of violence comes after weeks of turmoil in Sheikh Jarrah, which drew international attention before of the 11-day Israel-Hamas war last month. The truce went into force on May 21, but Jewish settlers' long-running drive to remove dozens of Palestinian households continues.