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Daily Israel Report

Jerusalem Light Rail Back in Service After Rioting

Stations from Givat HaMivtar to Pisgat Ze'ev back in service as repairs continue.
By Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/13/2014, 8:51 AM

Destroyed Light Rail station in Jerusalem
Destroyed Light Rail station in Jerusalem
Light Rail Spokesperson

The Jerusalem Light Rail has been restored along several stops damaged in rioting earlier this month, and will now be running from the Givat HaMivtar to Pisgat Ze'ev stops as usual. 

The light rail will skip Arab neighborhoods, however, after the damage Arab rioters inflicted on the light rail system during the course of the riots.  

Work on the vandalized stations will take several weeks, Citipass representatives noted. The damage is estimated to have cost tens of millions of shekels. 

Rioting throughout Jerusalem erupted two weeks ago after rumors circulated that 16-year-old Mohammed Abu-Khder's murder was an act of Jewish "revenge" over the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha'ar (16) and Eyal Yifrah (19). 

The rioting in Shuafat and other Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem resulted, among other things, in the utter destruction of at least two light rail stations in Shuafat and Beit Hanina, after enraged Arabs threw Molotov cocktails at and sprayed graffiti on the train stops. 



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