After relative calm, Jewish residence firebombed in Jerusalem’s Abu Tor neighborhood

February 15, 2015 22:31


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Two firebombs thrown at a Jewish residence in Jerusalem’s integrated Abu Tor neighborhood Saturday night shattered a tenuous calm in the community, largely sustained by months of heavy policing.

At approximately 9 p.m., police say unidentified suspects targeted the house, located on a street adjacent to numerous Arab residences, setting its exterior on fire, before fleeing into the night.

Fire trucks arrived at the scene within minutes to extinguish the blaze, as responding officers searched the area for the assailants to no avail. No injuries were reported, police said.

The attack comes after a pronounced drop in violence in what was once a flashpoint neighborhood during the chronic rioting that engulfed much of east Jerusalem last year following the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir and Operation Protective Edge.

Nightly violence there, and in other Arab communities, has since largely been contained by the emergency deployment of 1,000 extra Border Police officers patrolling troubled areas.

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