Israeli leaders held an emergency meeting in the wake of a terror attack on Wednesday, as police began putting up concrete blocks along the Jerusalem light rail route in a bid to prevent future incidents.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened the security meeting Wednesday night following the attack, which left a Border Police officer dead and several others injured after an East Jerusalem driver steered his van onto the light rail route and into pedestrians.
Netanyahu met with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino and “other professional officials,” at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, Israeli news site Ynet reported.
The details of the meeting were not immediately released.
The meeting was convened as riots in East Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods raged into the night, with Palestinians launching fireworks, setting dumpsters alight, and throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at police in the flashpoint neighborhood of Shuafat.
At the site of the attack, dozens of nationalist Jews gathered to protest the violence and the police response, with posters calling for revenge and for the firing of Aharonovitch.
Some protesters scuffled with police, Ynet news reported.
The terror attack Wednesday was the third vehicular assault n the same area since the summer and the second in as many weeks. In the wake of the attack, workers began deploying large concrete blocks along the light rail route where it runs along the East-West Jerusalem seamline.
The decision to place the blocks was made by the Jerusalem municipality, police and Citipass, the company which manages the light rail.
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The barriers aim to prevent vehicles from ramming into pedestrians on the train platform.
The blocks will be placed beginning at the French Hill intersection, near the entrance to Shuafat, and working south, Channel 2 reported.
The police and Shin Bet security agency were expected to make sweeping arrests of Palestinian suspects in East Jerusalem in order to gather intelligence which will allow Israel to suss out terrorist cells, Ynet reported.
The police will also deploy an additional 300 officers to Jerusalem, who will join the 1,000 reinforcements who were dispatched to the capital after the October 22 attack on the Ammunition Hill light rail station that left two dead.