Jerusalem tension triggers Gaza

On Friday Tensions in Jerusalem sparked the worst round of cross-border violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip in a month with Palestinian militants firing at least 30 rockets and Israel striking back at targets operated by Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

Skirmishes have spiked in recent days in Jerusalem, which has long been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is home to holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Residents braced for possible further unrest as police stepped up security and the US Embassy appealed for calm.

Israeli police said 44 people were arrested and 20 officers were wounded in a night of chaos in Jerusalem, where security forces separately clashed with Palestinians angry about Ramadan restrictions and Jewish extremists who held an anti-Arab march nearby.