Police in Jerusalem are gearing up for fresh violence Monday, as an Arab teen shot by police is set to be buried, a day after his death sparked intense riots in the capital.
Ahead of the funeral for Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, who was shot by Israeli troops during a demonstration last week and succumbed to his wounds Sunday, police in Jerusalem were on high alert Monday evening in anticipation of further clashes in the capital.
The teenager died Sunday morning in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in the capital. He was shot a week ago by police during a protest in the neighborhood of Wadi Joz, though his family and police differ on how he suffered his fatal injuries.
His autopsy concluded on Monday afternoon, Haaretz reported, and the funeral procession was set to begin at 5 p.m. No results from the autopsy were immediately released.
The teen’s father told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency that his son was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet during the September 1 rally in the Wadi Joz neighborhood. He claimed that his son was talking on his phone and not taking part in the demonstration.
Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Associated Press that the teen was hit in the leg with a sponge-tipped bullet while throwing stones during the demonstration. He then fell and injured his head, according to reports.
Following news of the teen’s death on Sunday, intense protests broke out in East Jerusalem, including rock-throwing and the ransacking of a French Hill gas station.
Masked Palestinian rioters threw firebombs at the Menta gas station, located near the border between eastern and western Jerusalem, and attacked its convenience store, causing serious damage and concern that the gas pumps would explode in the flames.
Rocks also were thrown at cars with Israeli license plates, injuring two drivers, and at the Jerusalem Light Rail. Seven of the tram’s 23 cars were put out of commission in recent weeks due to rock attacks and other Palestinian violence, according to CityPass, which operates the light rail.
Rocks were also thrown at the train Monday morning.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat condemned the violence late Sunday night, calling on police to “take strong measures against rioters.”
The riots were the worst spate of violence in the capital since early July, when a Palestinian teen was kidnapped and burned to death by Jewish Israelis in a revenge killing for the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens, and the launch of Israel’s military operation Protective Edge.
Hundreds of Palestinians have been detained during the two months of unrest.