15 injured in Jerusalem rock-throwing attacks

Incidents near Damascus Gate hurt family of 12; IDF arrests shooting suspect near Nablus

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City  (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash 90)
Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash 90)

Fifteen Israelis were injured in Jerusalem on Thursday in two separate stone-throwing incidents near the Old City.

In the early afternoon, Arabs threw rocks at a bus driving past the Damascus Gate. A family of 12 — two parents and 10 children ranging in age from 1 to 19 — were injured along with another man and his son.

Paramedics arrived at the scene to administer first aid. Four of the injured were taken to Shaare Zedek hospital, one in moderate condition. The others were injured lightly, some suffering from shock.

Earlier in the day, an Israeli was injured lightly during a similar incident.

Jerusalem District Police spokesman Shmulik Ben Rubi told The Times of Israel that border and municipal police were still searching for suspects and that no arrests had been made.

Police are not sure at this point what motivated the uptick in attacks, but Ben Rubi suggested that political developments or observance of the month of Ramadan could have played a role.

Elsewhere Thursday, IDF soldiers from the Givati Brigade and Armored Corps arrested a suspected shooter in the northern West Bank.

After identifying an armed Palestinian just south of Nablus, the troops caught the man, who was thought to have carried out two shooting attacks on Israeli buses in the past. IDF soldiers found a pistol on his person.

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