Palestinian bus driver found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Riots broke out in eastern Jerusalem following the discovery of a Palestinian bus driver hanged in his bus at a Jerusalem bus terminal.

The body of Egged driver Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni, 32, was discovered late Sunday night. His family claims he was killed by “settlers.”

An autopsy Monday at the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv found that the death was not criminally related, Israel Police said. The body was returned to the family.

However, a Palestinian pathologist said in a separate report that there were signs of violence on Ramouni’s body.

Closed circuit cameras on the bus could provide some insight into the circumstances of the hanging.

Ramouni’s brother, Louy, told Reuters that he saw marks on his brother’s body that indicate he was killed.

Riots began Sunday night and continued into Monday in several eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods, including the Arab and Jewish neighborhood of Abu-Tor, where Ramouni lived with his wife and two young children. Several Palestinian bus drivers reportedly did not show up for work on Monday in apparent protest of the incident.

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