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Jerusalem: Arab man assaulted on Light Rail

Two Jewish passengers arrested on suspicion they attacked Arab with wooden board over the weekend. Victim sustained light wounds, suspects deny allegations

Yaron Doron
Published: 04.01.12, 10:18 / Israel News

An Arab man was lightly wounded after being assaulted on Jerusalem's Light Rail over the weekend just two weeks after an Israeli soldier was stabbed on the train, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

It is suspected the victim was attacked by Jewish passengers.

 

Over the weekend, two passengers including a minor, confronted a 20-year-old resident of Shufat and allegedly beat him with a wooden board. Police officers called to the scene arrested the two. The victim sustained light wounds and was taken to hospital and later discharged.

 

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A remand hearing was held at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Friday. The two suspects denied involvement in the attack and their remand was extended by several hours.

 

Police appealed the ruling and the Jerusalem District Court overturned the decision and extended their remand by three days. Police are searching for other assailants who were also involved in the attack.

 

The Light Rail has been a focus of friction between Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem as it passes through both Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in the capital.

 

Jewish residents complained of insufficient security measures after the stabbing incident. They claimed that terrorists armed with knives and explosive belts can easily board the train without being detected.

 

 

 

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