Explosive device hurled at gas station in East Jerusalem

No injuries reported in incident; fire breaks out at makeshift synagogue near West Bank settlement

The East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Issawiyah and Shuafat. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
The East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Issawiyah and Shuafat. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

An improvised explosive device was hurled Saturday at a gas station near the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah. No injuries were reported in the incident.

A police team arrived at the scene to clear the debris, and an investigation into the case was launched.

Also Saturday, a fire broke out in a hut that serves as a makeshift synagogue near the West Bank settlement of Karmei Tzur, south of the Gush Etzion Junction. Firefighters managed to put out the blaze, which caused moderate damage to the structure, the Ynet news site reported.

Residents of Karmei Tzur claimed the hut had been targeted by Palestinians in an arson attack, according to the Walla news site. Police launched an investigation into the incident, but did not indicate whether the fire may have been caused intentionally.

Earlier, IDF troops arrested a Palestinian woman at a West Bank checkpoint after she ran at them with a knife.

Attacks and attempted attacks on Israeli civilians and security officials by Palestinians have become a near-daily occurrence in recent months, in a wave of terrorism and violence that has claimed more than 20 Israeli lives.

Adiv Sterman contributed to this report.

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