Police arrest 17 from East Jerusalem on suspicion of rioting
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Police arrest 17 from East Jerusalem on suspicion of rioting

Suspects, including 10 minors, threw stones and Molotov cocktails during public disturbances last week, police say

Palestinians throw stones at Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron, on April 27, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Palestinians throw stones at Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron, on April 27, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Police arrested 17 Palestinians early Sunday in the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya on suspicion that they participated in rock throwing and other violent activities during protests last week.

Among the arrested were 10 minors who allegedly took part in public disturbances against police that included the throwing of rocks and Molotov cocktails.

The suspects are expected to be brought before the Magistrate’s Court for a hearing on the police’s request to extend their detention.

Violence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank has spiked in the past week as Palestinians demonstrate solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners currently in Israeli jails.

The IDF said that around 2,000 Palestinians took part in protests, some of which turned violent. Security forces in most cases responded with riot dispersal means, which in some instances included rubber bullets.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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