Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police reignited on Sunday afternoon and continued into the night for the fifth day running, shortly after the Shin Bet confirmed that several Jewish suspects had been arrested in connection with the murder of East Jerusalem teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir, 16.
Palestinians tried to burn Joseph’s Tomb in the city of Nablus Sunday night, PA sources said. Palestinian security forces using tear gas prevented the rioters from the reaching the site, sacred to Jews, Christians, Samaritans, and Muslims.
Protesters threw stones and firebombs at police in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods, including Shuafat, Hizmeh and A-tur.
Riots were also reported in Nazareth, near I’billin and in Israel’s south, near the town of Ar’ara, where officials closed Route 80.
Near the town of Omer, outside Beersheba, masked men reportedly hurled firebombs at cars.
Also near the Negev Bedouin towns of Ar’ara, Tel Sheva, Lakia, and Hura, rioters threw stones at police officers. Twelve protesters were arrested, with more arrests expected, Ynet news site reported.
Earlier, a number of riots erupted in northern Israel, off of Routes 70 and 65, and in areas near Nazareth. Police were dispatched to quell the violence, but police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the area was “relatively quiet.”
Some 200 Israeli-Arabs, many of them masked, demonstrated at the entrance of the northern Israel town of Tamra, as residents hurled stones and firebombs at riot police on the scene.
Police arrested 11 people in Tamra, and have made some 50 arrests in all over the past two days.
Concurrently, dozens of other protesters rallied at the Yabor junction off of Route 70. Stretches of the highway, as well as the main road in Nazareth, were closed to traffic.
On Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus, a rock smashed through the window of an Israeli bus, narrowly missing the driver, Channel 2 reported.
Meanwhile, three Palestinians laborers were attacked in the Israeli town of Hadera. One was lightly injured in the scuffle, and police are investigating the incident.
Police beefed up their presence in the capital and up north in anticipation of further clashes after observers of the Muslim Ramadan broke their fasts.
The most recent wave of violence came hours after the police and Shin Bet confirmed that six Jewish suspects are in custody in connection with the abduction and killing of Abu Khdeir. The Shin Bet security service says the slaying was likely nationalistically motivated, in response to the killings of Gil-ad Shaar, 16, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19.
On Saturday, the Palestinian Authority attorney-general, Dr. Muhammed Abed al-Ghani al-Aweiwi, said that Abu Khdeir was burned alive, according to the preliminary findings of the autopsy.
Abu Khdeir’s killing sparked widespread violent protests throughout East Jerusalem and in other parts of Israel since his body was found.