At least 16 Palestinians have been injured as Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a protest in the occupied West Bank, according to eyewitnesses.
Israeli forces entered the Al Aqsa Mosque compound along with hundreds of Jewish settlers following the calls by Jewish groups to converge on the site to mark what they call the "reunification of Jerusalem."
Israeli police closed all the Al Aqsa Mosque compound gates barring the public from entering, following an alleged knife attack .
The Palestinian group says through Egyptian and UN efforts it has been agreed to "return to the era of calm." Israel has not officially confirmed the cessation of hostilities.
The vessel called Al Awda, which means the return in Arabic, started its journey in Norway and is now slowly making its way towards the coast of the Gaza Strip.
Widespread condemnation followed the Israeli army’s killing of at least 60 Palestinians on Monday at protests in Gaza against the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.
Funerals were held for over a dozen Land Day protesters targeted by Israeli forces a day earlier along the Gaza border, with mourners holding Palestinian flags and some calling on the Muslim world to intervene.
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