Jerusalem police say ‘gunfire reports’ just celebratory fireworks in city’s east
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38 people said arrested as disturbances continue all day

Jerusalem police say ‘gunfire reports’ just celebratory fireworks in city’s east

Pyrotechnics set off Saturday morning to mark the publication of grades from matriculation exams; noise of firecrackers continues into night

The East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on September 9, 2019. (AP/Mahmoud Illean)
The East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on September 9, 2019. (AP/Mahmoud Illean)

Police said Saturday morning that they received hundreds of reports of the sound of gunfire in Jerusalem, but that residents were just hearing firecrackers being set off to celebrate the end of matriculation exams in the east of the city.

The fireworks continued all day, and into Saturday night, with hundreds of Jerusalemites complaining to the police.

Grades for the examinations were released at 8 a.m. by education authorities.

Channel 12 news reported that the noise of the pyrotechnics was also heard from Palestinian villages in the West Bank.

Residents of the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood also reported gunfire, and one showed a Channel 12 camera crew a bullet shell that he said he had found outside his home. The report also said a motorist on Road 443 had her windscreen hit by a projectile.

The police statement added that eight people were arrested in recent days as part of an operation to stop the setting off of fireworks “in violation of the law.” The Saturday night TV news report said 38 people had been arrested.

בשמונה בבוקר, בעודי יושב במרפסת, שקט, שבת בבוקר, ברגע אחד, בתזמון מושלם – המציאות משתנה מקצה אל קצה. השקט מופר במטח אדיר של פיצוצים אשר באים מכיוון מזרח. ארטילריה כבדה. לא היה חשש שמדובר במשהו בטחוני. ליתר ביטחון עשינו טלפון אחד והתברר שאלו חגיגות סיום הבגרויות ברשות הפלסטינית. הזיקוקים כאמור החלו בשמונה בבוקר. בשמונה בערב עלינו על הגג – העיר המזרחית פרוסה לפנינו במלוא הדרה ויופיה הרב. בצל הזיקוקים גם המואזין פתח בתפליתו. כיף לגור בחו"ל. פשוט כיף.

פורסם על ידי ‏‎Raz Hendler‎‏ ב- יום שבת, 11 ביולי 2020

Fireworks have in the past been used as a weapon in clashes with Israeli security forces, but that appeared not to be the case on Saturday.

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