Police clash with Palestinian rioters in snowy East Jerusalem; 4 arrested

Law enforcement officials say Palestinians threw snowball-covered stones at passing vehicles

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

A Border Police officer stands guard near East Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, overnight January 27, 2022. (Israel Police)
A Border Police officer stands guard near East Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, overnight January 27, 2022. (Israel Police)

Police and Palestinians clashed in a snow-covered East Jerusalem on Thursday, after violence flared in several areas during a winter storm a night earlier.

Four were arrested for hurling stones covered in snow, and attacking passing vehicles, police said. In one case, a 16-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Anata allegedly smashed the windshield of bus using a wooden stick near Damascus Gate. No injuries were reported.

Several incidents of officers being attacked by Palestinians were also reported throughout the day. Police said it responded with riot dispersal means, including stun grenades.

And earlier on Thursday, a Palestinian was seen building a snow rocket on the Temple Mount, adorned with a flag of the Hamas terror group.

On Wednesday night, 22 Palestinians were arrested for rioting or throwing stones in at-Tur and other parts of East Jerusalem, police said.

Five of them had their remands extended on Thursday, and a sixth was sent to house arrest.

A Palestinian man builds a snow sculpture in the shape of a rocket next to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound of Jerusalem’s Old City, on January 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

A store owner who allegedly allowed dozens of suspects to hide during Wednesday’s snowstorm clashes was summoned for investigation. A law enforcement official vowed more arrests would be made.

On Wednesday night, authorities also reported that stones were thrown at the light rail in the northern part of the city.

Police said they would bolster forces in the city to take action against the rioters, accusing them of trying to take advantage of the winter storm buffeting the area to hurt cops and civilians.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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