An Arab youth was injured lightly on Monday night after a gang of Jewish teens allegedly beat him with clubs while he was walking along the promenade in Tiberias.

Police arrested eight suspects, ranging from 14 to 16 years of age, who are believed to have taken part in the alleged assault.

The youth, Mohammed Mansur, from the Galilee village of Majd el-Krum, was taken to Poriah Hospital near Tiberias with bruises all over his body. He was hospitalized in the surgery ward with slight injuries.

The suspects were taken into custody after police launched a citywide search during which they set up checkpoints on main roads. The teens are to be be arraigned this morning, and police are expected to recommend that the Tiberias Magistrate's Court extend their remand.

Mansur's mother, Wafa, said her son, who works at an events hall near the town of Migdal, came to nearby Tiberias after work. He told her that a group of boys he encountered on the promenade asked him if he lived in the town and when he said he did not, they asked him where he was from, and before he could answer, they knocked him to the ground and began hitting and kicking him and striking him with clubs. While they were beating him, the mother said, they warned him not to come to Tiberias any more.

Municipal security cameras show a group of boys, some 15 in number, approaching Mansur and attacking him for about one minute.

Wafa Mansur said her son told her he was beaten for nearly 10 minutes before he managed to get up and flee. She said politicians with their talk of "transfer" raise the level of hatred. "Why is it a surprise that there are boys who translate this into the possibility of beating up Arabs?" she said.

Tiberias Mayor Zohar Oved said: "We utterly condemn this incident and are certain the attackers are punished to the full extent of the law."