Riots break out in Jerusalem after Palestinian man attacks police

A police spokesperson said there are larger numbers of units in the area, as police and soldiers have encountered rioters throwing stones and fireworks.

June 30, 2019 01:44
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Clashes in Issawiya [file]

Clashes in Issawiya 390. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Riots broke out in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiya on Thursday night, and spilled over to Friday and Saturday, after a Palestinian man was killed by Border Police.

On Thursday evening, 20-year-old Mohammad Samir Abeed approached police officers from a side street in the northeastern Jerusalem community and fired fireworks toward them. He was shot in response, police said.

The deceased was a resident of the neighborhood who had previously served time in prison for intending to carry out a terror attack against Israelis and had recently been released.

He was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died of his wounds. In a video distributed on social media, a feud can be seen erupting in the hospital between police and residents of village.

In the ensuring riots, police and soldiers encountered people throwing stones and fireworks.

Clashes also erupted between police and residents of the Shuafat refugee camp, media reported said Saturday night.
Police said Saturday night that it arrested 19 people suspected of being involved in the Isawiya riots.

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.

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