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Palestinians escape from a stun grenade fired by Israeli police officers during at Damascus Gate during the fasting month of Ramadan in Jerusalem's Old City on May 8. "Tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers" were praying at the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque during the clashes on Islam’s holy night of Laylat al-Qadr, Reuters reports. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images

Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters erupted for a second night in Jerusalem Saturday.

The big picture: Tensions have escalated on the occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem over the threatened eviction of Palestinians from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers. At least 80 Palestinians and one Israeli police officer were wounded in the latest clashes, per Reuters. Over 170 Palestinians were injured Friday.

Palestinian protesters roll a burning tyre amid clashes with Israeli security forces at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank town of Ramallah and Jerusalem on May 8. Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images
Israeli police clash with demonstrators protesting a possible eviction of local Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem on May 8. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images
Palestinian protesters throw a carton box to a burning barricade during the Jerusalem clashes on May 8. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images
An Israeli police officer points his gun during clashes with protesters at Damascus Gate. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Picture Alliance via Getty Images
An injured woman being helped during a demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Picture Alliance via Getty Images
Masked Palestinian followers of the Hamas movement prepare incendiary balloons with anti-Israel slogans written on them, near Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip, to be flown across the northern border to Israel, on May 8. Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images
Israeli security forces use water cannon on protesters during the demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Picture Alliance via Getty Images
Palestinian devotees pray on Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) outside the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on May 8. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images
Israeli security forces arrest a protester during the demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah on May 8. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images
Palestinian protesters throw back a tear gas canister to Israeli forces during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border near Al Bureij Refugee Camp in Gaza City on May 8. Photo: Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Go deeper: U.S. tries to de-escalate crisis in Jerusalem

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May 8, 2021 - World

Over 170 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem

An injured man is carried away as Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian protesters at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images

At least 178 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem, Reuters reported late Friday.

The big picture: The clashes come amid growing anger over the threatened eviction of Palestinians from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. Tensions have also escalated in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks.

May 8, 2021 - World

U.S. tries to de-escalate crisis in Jerusalem

Israeli police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images

State Department officials spoke to their Israeli and Palestinian counterparts on Friday night and asked them to de-escalate the situation in Jerusalem and the West Bank, U.S. and Israeli officials said.

Why it matters: This is the first crisis between Israel and the Palestinians the Biden administration faces as it reengages with the Palestinians after a long freeze in the relations during the Trump presidency.

Southwest heat wave intensifies, breaks records and worsens drought

A temperature "misery index" shows peak levels across the Southwest (orange and yellow), and the upper air flow shows how the jet stream is being pushed north, away from the heat dome parked over the Four Corners region. (Earth.nullschool.net)

A punishing and long-enduring heat wave is intensifying in parts of the West and Southwest, with heat warnings and advisories in effect across seven states Wednesday. The heat will not relent until late in the weekend.

Threat level: In the coming days, 40 million are likely to see temperatures reach or exceed 100 degrees.