Police tightened security around Jerusalem Friday after four firebombs were thrown at a house in the capital’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood overnight.
Damage was inflicted to the home on Meir Nakar Street. Police dispatched to the area to search for suspects arrested four Palestinians, residents of the West Bank city of Hebron, on suspicion of illegally entering Israel.
An investigation was opened into the incident and to locate the perpetrators of the attack.
Police also blocked off a main thoroughfare in the adjacent Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber and set up a checkpoint “in order to allow residents to go back to conducting their ordinary daily routine while protected from life-threatening lawbreakers,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
Armon Hanatziv has been the scene of several terrorist attacks since violence erupted last September, including a deadly stabbing on a public bus that left three dead. Last month, two elderly women were stabbed and moderately injured in the East Jerusalem neighborhood.
Earlier this week, a Jerusalem court convicted Jabel Mukaber resident Bilal Abu Ghanem on three counts of murder and seven of attempted murder for a terrorist attack in Armon Hanatziv in October.
Abu Ghanem and another man, Baha Alyan, boarded Egged bus 78 in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood on the morning of October 13 of last year, and began shooting and stabbing passengers.
The two men were motivated to carry out the attack in retaliation for Israeli “intrusions in al-Aqsa” on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, and the “settlers who murder small children,” the charge sheet said. The attack claimed the lives of Haviv Haim, 78, and Alon Govberg, 51. Richard Lakin, 76, who was critically wounded, died some two weeks later.
Over a dozen people were injured in the attack. Police who arrived at the scene shot and killed Alyan. Abu Ghanem was shot and injured, and police took him into custody.