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Police: 2 Palestinian rioters shot and wounded during clashes in East Jerusalem

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Police officers shot and moderately hurt two Palestinians allegedly involved in riots in East Jerusalem this evening, law enforcement officials say.

According to a police spokesperson, officers of the Jerusalem precinct and Border Police troops operated in the neighborhood of Silwan amid violent protests that included Molotov cocktails being hurled and fireworks launched.

The spokesperson says Border Police officers attempted to arrest some of the suspects.

“At a certain point, a Border Police officer — who was operating at the scene felt his life was in danger due to fireworks being fired directly at him and Molotov cocktails being hurled at him from a range of a few meters — fired accurately at the two suspects and neutralized them,” the spokesperson says.

The two Palestinians are moderately hurt and have been taken for further medical treatment.

No police officers are hurt during the violence.

Earlier today police clashed with Palestinians in the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem as they demolished the home of a gunman who killed a soldier last year. One Palestinian was killed amid the clashes after he aimed a fake gun at the officers.

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