Riots in Nazareth, Ramle as unrest continues

Riots in Nazareth, Ramle as unrest continues

Several arrested in violent demonstrations across Israel, West Bank, after two separate terror attacks in Jerusalem

A Palestinian protester hurls stones during clashes with Israeli forces outside Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 9, 2015. (Flash90)
A Palestinian protester hurls stones during clashes with Israeli forces outside Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 9, 2015. (Flash90)

At least ten Israeli Arab protesters in the central city of Ramle were arrested and five more were detained in the northern city of Nazareth in violent clashes with Israeli police forces on Saturday.

In Nazareth, some 1,500 Israeli Arabs took to the streets “in protest of the Israeli occupation,” Channel 2 reported. The demonstrators also hailed a local Arab woman who attempted to stab an Israeli security guard in a suspected terror attack on Friday. She was shot by security forces and is being treated in hospital.

In Ramle, police said 10 were arrested after a group of at least 100 protesters threw stones at police during a protest against the Israeli government.

A similar protest was to take place in Haifa later Saturday.

The protests come after a week of spiraling violence between Israelis and Palestinian, as two more terror attacks hit Jerusalem on Saturday, the 13th and 14th stabbings targeting Jews since October 3, when a Palestinian terrorist killed two Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City.

On Saturday morning, a Palestinian teenager stabbed and wounded two ultra-Orthodox Jews, aged 62 and 65, just outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem. Police said they shot and killed the 16-year-old terrorist, identified as Ishak Badran of Kafr Aqab in East Jerusalem.

Hours later, another East Jerusalem teenager was killed after carrying out a similar attack. Muhammad Said Muhammad, 19, from Shuafat in East Jerusalem, stabbed a Border Police officer in the neck also outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate before being shot dead by officers.

Following the attack, dozens of Arab protesters clashed with police near Damascus Gate, with some throwing rocks at law enforcement officials. Police responded with non-lethal means, Ynet reported.

Earlier in the day, a Palestinian man seriously wounded during clashes with Israeli Border Police in East Jerusalem on Friday died of his wounds, police and Palestinian medical sources said. Police said he was shot after opening fire at Border Police late on Friday night.

In the West Bank, Palestinian protesters continued to clash with Israeli security forces throughout Saturday, resulting in a number of injuries.

In Hebron, dozens of youths burned tires and hurled firebombs after the funeral of a terrorist who stabbed and injured a policeman in Kiryat Arba on Friday.

Outside Ramallah in the city of al-Bireh, some 150 Palestinian protesters burned tires and threw rocks at Israeli security forces, Ynet reported. At least one Palestinian was injured by a rubber bullet fired by IDF soldiers attempting to disperse the crowds. An unconfirmed number of other injuries were reported.

On Friday, two Israelis were lightly injured in separate stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. In Afula, an Arab woman from Nazareth was shot and wounded after she tried to stab a security guard at the central bus station in the northern city. Also Friday, an Israeli teenager stabbed and wounded four Arabs in an apparent revenge attack in Dimona.

On Thursday, seven Israelis were injured in four stabbing incidents, including attacks in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Kiryat Arba. On Wednesday, Israelis were hurt in three stabbings.

Those attacks came days after two Israeli men were stabbed to death in the Old City of Jerusalem last Saturday and an Israeli couple were gunned down in the West Bank in front of their four children two days before that.

The wave of attacks started in Jerusalem last month over what Israel says are unfounded Palestinian rumors that Israel was expanding its presence at the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

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