3 lightly hurt in rock-throwing attacks in Jerusalem

3 lightly hurt in rock-throwing attacks in Jerusalem

Man injured near Lions’ Gate, outside Old City; 2 others hurt in car in A-Tur neighborhood; 2 Palestinian teenagers arrested

Illustrative: Israeli security forces seen patrolling near the Lions’ Gate of Jerusalem's Old City on October 7, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative: Israeli security forces seen patrolling near the Lions’ Gate of Jerusalem's Old City on October 7, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Three people were lightly injured in two rock-throwing attacks in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, police said.

In one incident, two people were lightly hurt when stones were thrown at an Israeli car in the A-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, police said.

The two were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom rescue personnel.

Security forces later arrested a 19-year-old East Jerusalem resident suspected of being behind the attack, a police spokesperson said.

While searching for the culprit behind the attack, police officers also arrested a 15-year-old resident of A-Tur after he too was seen throwing rocks at cars traveling along the road, police said.

In a separate incident, one person was lightly hurt after he was hit by stones near the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The man was treated at the scene and security forces began a search for the perpetrator.

Recent days have seen several attacks and violent incidents in the West Bank and Jerusalem against the backdrop of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, when tensions are often raised by increased Jewish visits to the Temple Mount holy site.

On Monday night, an Israeli bus driver was lightly injured when rocks were hurled at his vehicle near the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit, west of Bethlehem.

The man, around 35 years old, was hit in the face by broken glass shards, and received bruises to his back as well. Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the scene took the man to a Jerusalem hospital to receive further treatment.

The rock-thrower has not been caught.

On Saturday a 25-year-old Palestinian was caught in Jerusalem’s Old City with a knife concealed in his clothing, and security forces said he had intended to carry out an attack in the Temple Mount area. The man, a resident of Nablus, told police who questioned him that he wanted to be “a martyr,” according to reports.

Meanwhile, 15 Palestinians were reported injured in clashes with Israeli security forces in the Jalazoun refugee camp northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah Saturday evening. Reports in Palestinian media said one of the wounded protesters was critically injured after being shot in the head.

Earlier on Saturday, a Palestinian man armed with a knife stabbed and lightly wounded a Border Police officer in a settlement north of Jerusalem. The attack took place as police were opening an access road running along the security fence between Israel and the West Bank, close to Har Adar — about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Jerusalem.

Last week, two Israelis were killed in a terrorist attack in the Ammunition Hill area of Jerusalem. Five people were injured in the attack. The terrorist was shot and killed by security forces.

Sunday’s attack broke a spell of calm in the capital that followed a months-long wave of violence last autumn and winter including several attacks near Ammunition Hill.

Officials had feared a return to stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks with the onset of the fall holiday season, when religious tensions often spike.

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