On Saturday evening, the rioters threw rocks and launched fireworks at the police forces, who in turn responded with crowd dispersal measures, which included stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets. The Red Crescent medical service says 15 people were hurt by rubber bullets fired by police. On Friday, at least 80 people were wounded during the clashes.
The 20-year-old Mohammed Obeid from an East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya was fatally shot late Thursday by the police, who claim he hurled stones and explosives at the security forces.
Israel Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, said an officer, acting in self-defense, shot a suspect who launched firecrackers toward police at “extremely close range.”
Palestinians, however, claim the police attacked them after a peaceful rally against police brutality in East Jerusalem. Forty-nine-year-old witness Abed Zamzam said Obeid was shot after Thursday’s prayers when Israeli security forces - who were patrolling a rally of several hundred Palestinians in Issawiya - started beating local residents.
Mohammed Abu Homus, a community leader, say the family is demanding an autopsy. The family has also asked a court to order the release of Obeid's body.
Ahmad, a resident of the neighborhood, has laid the blame for the situation firmly on the police. “The police don’t leave the neighborhood, which causes anger and frustration, if they remain in the area, many young people will take to the streets,” he said.
"The police should stop lying that the victim endangered their lives, he was murdered in cold blood," he added.
Associated Press contributed to this report