One killed, 6 apartments burned in clash between clans

By MELANIE LIDMAN
January 1, 2013 15:22

 
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A clash between two family clans in the northeast Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina left one man dead and a massive fire that burned six apartments on Tuesday. After the fighting broke out early Tuesday morning, a 22-year-old man was stabbed and evacuated to Hadassah Har Hatzofim hospital in critical condition. He later died in the operating room.

The warring Arab families threw rocks at police officers who tried to respond to the scene, though they did not injure anyone else, according to Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby.

Police arrested 14 people who were involved in the fight over the course of the day. After searching the house and two cars belonging to the families, police found an ax and two knives.

Around 8:15 AM, firefighters tried to respond to two large fires in Beit Hanina, which police believe were connected to the predawn fight, as one of the apartments belonged to the suspect in the stabbing.

However, due to rock throwing and rioting against the police, the firefighters were forced to wait outside the neighborhood until police secured the area.

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