4 Arab teens arrested for attempting to set fire to Jerusalem gas station

September 14, 2014 21:56
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One week after a mob of masked Palestinians looted a French Hill gas station and attempted to set off an explosion using firebombs, police on Sunday arrested four Arab teens from neighboring Isawiya, in east Jerusalem.

According to police, the unidentified four youths, between the ages 15 and 17, were among dozens of young Isawiya residents who rioted August 7, following the death of Muhammad Abd al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16.

An autopsy report carried out by a Palestinian coroner and released Sunday concluded that Sunuqrut died one week after being struck in the head by a police sponge bullet during an August 31 riot in Wadi Joz.

In an apparent cover-up, police alleged the teen was shot in the leg and subsequently struck his head on the pavement upon attempting to flee the scene.  

When Sunuqrut’s death was announced amid speculation of police brutality, the mob gathered at approximately 9 p.m. and threw rocks at the station’s Arab workers, stole the cash register and repeatedly attempted to ignite several gas pumps.

No arrests were made at the time and no injuries reported.

All four suspects were arraigned at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, where a judge ordered them to remain in custody. A Police spokesman said Sunday night that more arrests are expected soon.

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