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Shufat riots resume; firebombs hurled at police
Hooded Palestinians in northeast Jerusalem protest construction of roadblock walkway

Three police officers were lightly wounded as riots near a checkpoint in northeast Jerusalem's Shufat neighborhood resumed Saturday.


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Palestinian sources in Shufat claimed two Palestinians were injured during the riots. One of them, they said, was evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital with an eye injury.


One of the sources said the walkway would make the Palestinians' lives "miserable," adding "this is one step before declaring that we are not recognized as residents of Jerusalem."


Those who are in favor of a pedestrian passage claim it would make it easier to travel from the refugee camp to Jerusalem.


On Thursday dozens of Palestinians held a violent protest against the construction of a pedestrian walkway at the roadblock. During Saturday's riots, hooded Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails at police, who responded with rubber bullets. One Palestinian was arrested.


Eight Palestinians were arrested during Thursday's unrest. Security forces claim the passage would ease traffic at the roadblock.


About two months ago stones were hurled at the Light Rail as it was travelling in Shufat. A windshield was shattered, but there were no injuries.



First published: 03.12.11, 21:03
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