4 Israeli policemen injured in Jerusalem shooting, riots


4 Israeli policemen injured in Jerusalem shooting, riots

(JTA) — Four Israeli officers of the police’s Border Guard were injured from gunshots and firebombs hurled at them by Palestinian rioters in Jerusalem.

The incident occurred on Friday in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabl Mukabar after the conclusion of Friday prayers by Muslims, Ynet reported.

The officer shot was evacuated with medium to serious injuries after a bullet hit his leg, according to Army Radio. Another officer sustained a minor injury to his hand. The remaining two received minor burns from firebombs hurled at them by the rioters.

The officers were evacuated for medical treatment as other policemen pursued suspects, arresting one young man. Several rioters were also injured, including one who was shot in the leg and evacuated with minor injuries to medical treatment.

On Thursday, a Palestinian man who hurled a firebomb at an Israeli car near a settlement was critically injured by soldiers who fired at him in one of several violent clashes in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The passengers escaped injury in the incident near the Itamar settlement in the northern West Bank, where Israel Defense Forces troops lay in ambush for terrorists, the news site nrg.co.il reported. The wounded Palestinian was taken to a hospital in Nablus, the report said. Another Palestinian was apprehended nearby and is suspected of being involved in the attack.

There has been a rise in violent clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in and around Jerusalem.

On Friday morning, Border Police officers used crowd-dispersal means on rioting Palestinians near the Lions’ Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, nrg reported. Police also cordoned off streets and evacuated the light rail station near the Machane Yehuda market in the city’s west because of a suspicious object. Other disturbances were witnessed in A-Tur, where Palestinians said one protester was lightly injured, and across the Old City.

In Ras al-Amud in eastern Jerusalem, Palestinians set on fire an Israeli bus on Thursday night. Locals said that the bus, belonging to the Egged company, went up in flames after youths targeted it while it traveled through the neighborhood, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. No one was hurt in the attack, according to Israel’s Army Radio.

The radio said the bus was pelted with stones, forcing the driver, a Palestinian, to leave it parked and call police. It was set ablaze after the driver parked and left.

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