Court orders further detention for 15 Palestinians arrested in East Jerusalem riots

Following recent clashes, police vow to continue investigations ‘with the aim of bringing those involved to justice’

A Border Police officer stands guard near East Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, overnight January 27, 2022. (Israel Police)
A Border Police officer stands guard near East Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, overnight January 27, 2022. (Israel Police)

A court on Sunday ordered 15 Palestinians remanded in custody after they were arrested over recent rioting in East Jerusalem.

Police said 10 of the suspects, all from the Issawiya and A-Tur neighborhoods, were arrested early Sunday on suspicion of throwing rocks and other objects at patrol cars last week.

“During the arrests, another suspect — an Issawiya resident — was arrested after attacking officers at the scene,” a police statement said.

The other five suspects were already in custody.

Police said that over the coming day, they would likely ask the court to extend the remand of additional suspects who have been arrested.

“Police intend to continue thoroughly investigating the incidents with the aim of bringing those involved to justice. Additionally, the arrests of additional suspects will be made in accordance with the progress of the investigation and as is necessary,” the statement said.

Police detain several Palestinians accused of rioting in East Jerusalem during a rare snowstorm on January 26, 2022. (Israel Police)

The clashes between police and Palestinians in East Jerusalem flared in A-Tur during a winter storm Wednesday, a day after a home demolition in the neighborhood.

Police accused rioters of taking advantage of the snowy weather buffeting the area to hurt cops and civilians.

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