Riots in Jerusalem leave train damaged

Clashes with police continue in capital after six arrested on Friday

A policewoman stands by the light rail where a stabbing took place on March 15 (photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)
A policewoman stands by the light rail where a stabbing took place on March 15 (photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)

Riots continued Saturday in Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods after several protesters were arrested during clashes with police the day before.

Light rail trains were attacked with stones in three separate incidents. One attack left two windows broken on a train. No injuries were reported.

On Friday, six Palestinians were arrested following clashes with police in two different locations in East Jerusalem.

Three were arrested after they hurled stones and firecrackers at police forces near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Following Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque, several masked men began charging at a border police post near the entrance to the Temple Mount. The rioters were blocked by Waqf forces, and the three demonstrators were subsequently arrested. They were transferred to a nearby police station for questioning.

Later, police apprehended three protesters for similar offenses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

Also on Friday, Likud MK Miri Regev urged police to take a tougher stance against rock-throwing in the capital.

“The security situation in Jerusalem is a disgrace,” Regev wrote in a Facebook post, following a tour of East Jerusalem’s neighborhoods.

“In recent months, there has been a significant increase in incidents of the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails at the cars and homes of Jews.”

“This situation in Jerusalem must change, the public security minister should allocate more security forces in East Jerusalem,” she said, adding that she would work to pass legislation aimed at increasing jail time for stone throwers.

Earlier this week, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Jerusalem’s security forces were to get reinforcements to combat a continued rise in violence. Aharonovitch did not provide details about the type of reinforcements the city would receive in the wake of violent riots in the capital, following the Sunday death of an East Jerusalem teen shot by police during a demonstration last week.

Riots broke out Sunday after Muhammad Abd al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, died of his injuries after he was shot during clashes in Jerusalem with Israeli security forces a week earlier.

The intense protests included rock-throwing and the ransacking of a French Hill gas station.

On Monday, clashes broke out again in Shuafat and Wadi Joz following Sunruqut’s funeral.


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