Tensions Snowball in Jerusalem

Saturday saw several incidents of eastern Jerusalem residents attacking security forces including an improvised pipe bomb, stone throwing.

Cynthia Blank,

Arab rioters in Jerusalem (file)
Arab rioters in Jerusalem (file)
Hadas Parush/Flash 90

Only four days after the assassination attempt on activist Yehuda Glick, tensions in Jerusalem continue to snowball.

Saturday saw continued attempts by Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem to attack security forces in the area. A number of vehicles were also vandalized. 

The night's incidents included an improvised pipe bomb being thrown at police and border forces near a mosque in the Shuafat neighborhood, which exploded. There were no injuries in the event, but Jerusalem police are calling the attack "severe."

"The police will act by all means. Let them throw, but don't worry, we will unleash the full extent of the law on them," a police statement added.

Also on Saturday, fireworks were shot at police forces on Hagai Street in the Old City. There were no casualties or damage in that incident, either. 

At the same time, vandals smashed the windows of four vehicles on Ein Rogel Street in the mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Abu Tor in eastern Jerusalem. The police are investigating.

Earlier a group of unknown assailants threw stones at the house on Naomi Street in eastern Jerusalem. There was light damage to the porch, but no casualties in the incident. The police have begun searching for suspects. 

In response to Saturday's incidents, Jerusalem police issued a statement, saying:

"All the forces operating in the city of Jerusalem - police, Border Patrol officers, SWAT team fighters and special units - will continue their activities, determined and uncompromising against violators of law and order. The combination of civil and police enforcement should increase security and return peace and quiet to residents." 




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