Tear gas in Silwan
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Arabs resume Jerusalem riots

Police on high alert in wake of Arab violence, killing of Silwan resident; neighborhood residents vow to exact price for incident

Riots in east Jerusalem's SIlwan neighborhood resumed Thursday evening following a quiet day in the area.


A Border Guard police officer sustained light wounds in clashes with Palestinian rioters and was taken to hospital for treatment.


The Silwan neighborhood was the site of violent riots Wednesday after a Jewish guard killed an Arab resident in the area. Police are continuing to deploy in force in east Jerusalem, ahead of Friday's Muslim prayers at Temple Mount.


Thursday evening, dozens of Palestinians torched tires and hurled stones at Jewish homes in the neighborhood and also at border Guard Forces deployed near the Dung Gate in Jerusalem's Old City.


Security forces responded with crowd dispersal means. No injuries or damage were reported. However, Silwan residents complained that tear gas used by troops came into their houses.


Meanwhile, sources in the neighborhood said that the killing of the local resident will be met with a response, adding that riots are expected to intensify during Friday's Muslim prayers at Temple Mount.


"We intend to continue to show that the killing of our sons will not be ignored without exacting a price," one source said. "It can't be that we're shot and our blood is spilled, while life in Jerusalem runs normally."


Police officials met Thursday to assess the situation and decided to maintain a reinforced police deployment Friday, in an effort to maintain law and order in east Jerusalem and the Old City. However, officials decided not to restrict the age of worshippers entering the Temple Mount compound.


פרסום ראשון: 09.23.10, 20:43
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