Arab youths riot, target bus in east Jerusalem

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August 10, 2015 01:33
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Several dozen masked Palestinian youths threw firebombs and rocks at Border Police over the weekend after blocking the main artery to east Jerusalem’s Isawiya neighborhood.

Police used non-lethal means, including stun grenades, to disperse the mob Saturday night.

No arrests or injuries were reported.

In a separate incident that night, a group of Arab youths threw rocks at an Egged bus that entered a tunnel between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim, forcing the driver to pull over to assess damages after windows were shattered.

No one on the bus was wounded during the attack, and police continue to search for the suspects.

Saturday’s violence comes amid heightened tension in the capital following the July 31 firebombing in the West Bank village of Duma that killed an 18-monthold child, Ali Dawabsha, which is suspected to have been carried out by Jewish terrorists.

According to police, security in the capital was increased following the death Saturday of the toddler’s father, Sa’ad, 31, whose wife and four-year-old son remain in critical condition at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, outside of Tel Aviv.

Following the father’s funeral procession, dozens of Palestinians in Duma set tires on fire and threw rocks at IDF soldiers, as Hamas called for revenge for the murders.

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