Haredim arrested for throwing rocks at Arab vehicles near Damascus Gate

One Arab woman was lightly wounded during the Saturday attack and an Arab man was arrested.

July 5, 2015 21:20
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Passers-by walk near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City [File[. (photo credit: REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD)

Two ultra-Orthodox men were arrested in Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon after lightly wounding a Palestinian woman while throwing rocks at Arab vehicles exiting Highway 1 near the Old City’s Damascus Gate, police said on Sunday.

Several Arab cars were pelted by rocks before striking the passenger- side window of the car the woman was in, resulting in abrasions from the shattered glass, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

After the car the woman was traveling in pulled over, a near riot broke out when the haredi assailants and a group of Arab locals threw rocks at each other.

“Police responded quickly and arrested the two haredim for throwing rocks at the vehicles and wounding the woman,” said Rosenfeld. “An Arab man was also arrested for throwing rocks back at the suspects.”

The wounded woman was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics and did not require hospitalization, Rosenfeld said. It remains unclear how much damage was caused to the other vehicles targeted in the attack.

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