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Riots broke out in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan before dawn
Thursday morning, ending a two-month period of calm.
broke out after members of a Jewish family that owns a pathway in the
sought to take down an illegally built gate place on the path by
residents, police said. The gate leads to a mosque in the neighborhood.
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2008 court decision granted ownership of the pathway to Jewish residents in the
Several Palestinian youths confronted the Jewish residents
attempting to remove the gate, and a verbal altercation then quickly
deteriorated into a riot as border policemen arrived, police spokesman
Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post
boulders and firebombs were
hurled at police, while the mosque loudspeakers blared calls for local
to come and protect the building.
“We used minimum force to
rioters. Within an hour, things were back to normal.
no injuries,” Rosenfeld said.
Rioters blocked roads and torched
vehicles. Fire crews were called out to the scene to douse the
Police maintained a large presence in and around the area
throughout Thursday to prevent further unrest, Rosenfeld added.