Police Arrest Four E. Jerusalem Boys for Suspected Gas Station Arson

Attack followed police shooting and death of Mohammed Sunuqrut, 16, a week ago.

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Palestinians carrying the body of Mohammed Sunuqrut during his funeral in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Wadi Joz, September 8, 2014.
Palestinians carrying the body of Mohammed Sunuqrut during his funeral in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Wadi Joz, September 8, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Jerusalem police detectives on Sunday arrested four local Palestinian youths on suspicion of burning and looting a gas station in a demonstration a week ago.

The September 7 attack on the Menta station in French Hill, a Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem, followed the police shooting and death of Mohammed Sunuqrut during a stone-throwing protest. Police said they shot Sunuqrut, 16, in the leg and he died from hitting his head on the pavement after falling, but Israeli and Palestinian sources say the boy's autopsy, conducted at Israel's Institute of Forensic Medicine in Tel Aviv, showed that he died from a bullet to the head. His family say photographs from the scene show Sunuqrut was not throwing stones at time he was shot.

Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ordered the four arrested boys, ages 15-17, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood Issawiya, to remain in police custody until Wednesday. Police say more arrests in the arson attack are anticipated.

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