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Molotov cocktails thrown at police in Jerusalem

West Bank bus targeted with firebombs, no injuries or damage to vehicle

Israeli riot police officers detain a Palestinian youth during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on October 26, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/AHMAD GHARABLI)
Israeli riot police officers detain a Palestinian youth during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on October 26, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/AHMAD GHARABLI)

Rioters threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli border police officers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan Monday night, 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.

In a separate incident, Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at an Israeli bus in the northern West Bank. There were no injuries or damage to the vehicle in the attack.

Silwan has seen several consecutive days of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police officers amid spiraling tensions 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.

East Jerusalem has seen near-daily incidents of stone-throwing, rioting and other acts of violence for much of the past month, including a terrorist attack last Wednesday in which a Palestinian man plowed his car into a crowd of people near a light rail station, killing two people, one of them a three-month-old girl.

Tensions have been high since June, when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed by Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank. Jewish extremists retaliated by kidnapping and killing a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem, sparking riots. The kidnappings set off a series of events that led to the 50-day conflict in the Gaza Strip.

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