Israeli officers and Palestinians wounded in East Jerusalem riot

Several Israel Police officers and Palestinian demonstrators were lightly wounded on Tuesday after clashing during a police operation in East Jerusalem’s Shoafat refugee camp. Initially, a police force entered the refugee camp in order to conduct an arrest near Ras Hamis checkpoint, when a crowd began assembling and rioting around the officers. A rioter then stabbed one of the police officers, lightly wounding him; the Palestinian man was arrested on site. Clashes continued, with Palestinians hurling stones at the force, wounding another two officers, with four other officers hurt in the incident. Palestinian sources reported that five people were lightly wounded as well. All of those wounded were evacuated to nearby hospitals. Later on, about 10-15 relatives of the Palestinian suspected of stabbing the police officer arrived at Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Hospital, where they tried to forcefully enter the hospital’s emergency care room. After a police force prevented their entrance, the relatives rioted in the hospital, with officers arresting one family member while removing the others from the premises. The incident came after a resident of the East Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood Ma’aleh Hazeitim on Saturday was stabbed in his back by two Palestinians in Ras al-Amud. The man was rushed to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he is being treated.

Security forces were deployed in the area and searched the surrounding neighborhoods for the perpetrators. Jerusalem Police said it believed the assault was politically motivated. Palestinian sources reported that a resident of Ras al-Amud was arrested in connection with the crime. According to the police report, the victim and a friend were walking from the Western Wall back to their homes in Ma’aleh Hazeitim, a Jewish settlement in a Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood Ras al-Amud. As the men approached the neighborhood’s central square, located a mere 150 feet from the settlement gates, two Palestinians jumped them, stabbed the victim and escaped. The victim and companion made their way back to the settlement, from where an ambulance evacuated the victim to the hospital. The other settler was unharmed.

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