1 dead, 5 hurt in east Jerusalem family feud

Red Crescent ambulances seen rushing through the neighborhood while worried neighbors peek their heads out from their homes.

January 25, 2010 13:26
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One man was killed and five were wounded - four seriously and one moderately - after a feud between rival clans broke out in the Wadi Kadum area of east Jerusalem on Sunday morning.

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By early afternoon, hundreds of Israel Police, Border Police and special police forces had been deployed in the area, which is located near the sprawling east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, next to the security barrier, in an effort to quell the violence, which included sporadic gunfire.

Red Crescent ambulances were seen rushing through the neighborhood while worried neighbors peeked their heads out from their homes and helicopters hovered above, as the clashes between the two families continued throughout the afternoon.

It was not clear what started the feud, but youths in the neighborhood told The Jerusalem Post that one family accused the other of stealing its car. Others said that one of the members of the clan had driven his car erratically near members of the other clan, sparking a verbal spat, which later became violent.

The fighting parties, the Salaimeh and Sawahreh clans, hurled rocks and fired gunshots at each other, prompting the massive response of security forces. However, one man, who was shot during the apparent exchanges of fire, later died of his wounds. His body was taken to the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.

Magen David Adom teams evacuated three people in serious condition to the Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem, one person in serious condition to the Hadassah University Hospital at Mount Scopus and another in moderate condition to Sha'are Zedek Hospital.

Meanwhile, a store in the neighborhood that is owned by one of the families was set on fire. Police and firefighters extinguished the blaze, and police managed to prevent another arson attempt against a different store.

An investigation was launched into the arson attacks.

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