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Two residents of Silwan were acquitted yesterday in Jerusalem District Court of causing grievous bodily harm, though they admitted they had thrown stones during a confrontation that developed in September 2009 after a soldier on leave shot and wounded two Palestinians.

One was a man shot in front of his children and seriously wounded, while the other was a 13-year-old boy, who was moderately wounded.

After the shooting there was rioting in the neighborhood, during which a Canadian visiting the area was hit by stones and wounded.

Mohammed Banna and Siam Omar were charged with causing grievous bodily harm, jailed for six weeks and then kept under house arrest for nearly two years.

The soldier who shot the Palestinians had the file against him closed after police accepted his claim that he had fired in self-defense.

Judge Raphael Carmel exonerated the suspects of the serious charge and convicted them only of rioting. He said that because there was no line-up of suspects conducted for the main witness, it was possible that the witness was describing a different stone-throwing incident.