IDF soldiers opened fire late Tuesday at a group of Palestinians who had hurled stones at passing vehicles near the West Bank city of Jenin. The troops, who followed the perpetrators of the attacks into the small village of Yabed, were showered with rocks and firecrackers upon entering the village, leading them to fire at the group.
One Palestinian man was seriously wounded and three others suffered light injuries.
Earlier Tuesday, riots erupted throughout Jerusalem’s eastern neighborhoods, as tensions in the capital continued to soar following a Wednesday terror attack in which a resident of East Jerusalem plowed his car into a crowd of people at a light rail stop, killing two people, including a three-month-old girl.
In the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, rioters threw Molotov cocktails and stones at police as well as cars and buses passing through the area. Two 16-year-old demonstrators were arrested during the riots, Israel Radio reported.
In Shuafat, protesters pelted the city’s light rail system with rocks and firecrackers, causing heavy damage to the windshield of a train car. Police were searching the area for the assailants, according to Channel 10 News.
Charges were filed Tuesday against six Palestinians from East Jerusalem, some of them them minors, who took part in riots in Jerusalem last week. The six were accused of disorderly conduct and of attacking police officers. According to the indictment, three of the Palestinians allegedly beat policemen during riots on the Temple Mount, while two others were suspected of hurling Molotov cocktails at Border Policemen. The sixth Palestinian indicted, a fifteen-year-old, is accused of allegedly firing a fire cracker at police during a riot in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz
Jerusalem has experienced frequent riots since June, when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed by Hamas-affiliated terrorists in the West Bank. Jewish extremists retaliated by kidnapping and killing a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem. Violent protests broke out in Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods following the kidnappings, with rioters frequently hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at police and vandalizing the city’s light rail system.
On Monday, rioters threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli border police officers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, near the home of nine Jewish families who recently moved into the predominantly Arab area.
There were no reports of injuries in the attack. Security forces detained one suspect for throwing stones while searches continued for others involved in the incident.
Silwan has seen several consecutive days of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police officers amidst the spiraling violence in the capital.
Israel has beefed up its police forces in the city to quell the violence and officials have vowed a crackdown on the rioters.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the riots in Jerusalem on “Islamic extremists” and promised to restore order.
Netanyahu said Jerusalem would be reinforced with some 1,000 policemen, special forces and troops from the Border Police, as days of violent protests gave way to fears that a funeral for Wednesday’s terrorist, who was killed by a policeman as he fled the scene of the attack, would lead to more riots.
Police deployed “at least 400-500″ extra police “to prevent and respond to any incident,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sunday.
The head of the police operations unit said Saturday that 2,000 troops would be maintained in the capital, with 1,000 tasked with quelling the unrest, the news site NRG reported.
Adiv Sterman and Lazar Berman contributed to this report.