Stone Throwing and Firebomb Attack in Jerusalem on Yom Kippur

12-year-old Palestinian boy lightly wounded by stones thrown by Jewish teens; firebomb thrown at Jewish family's home in Abu Tor causes no casualties.

Nir Hasson
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Children ride their bicycles in an empty street in Jerusalem during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur September 23, 2015.
Children ride their bicycles in an empty street in Jerusalem during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur September 23, 2015. Credit: Reuters
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

There were several clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem on Wednesday as Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) was observed until sunset.

A Palestinian boy was lightly wounded by stones thrown by Jewish teens, in one of several incidents of stone-throwing toward Palestinian vehicles.

In another incident, a fire erupted when the home of a Jewish family in the Abu Tor neighborhood was attacked with a firebomb. The fire was extinguished, without any casualties.

Jewish teens threw stones at moving vehicles near the entrance to the Har Homa neighborhood in East Jerusalem and on the Hebron Road in south Jerusalem – an area with relatively heavy traffic for Yom Kippur, being a main thoroughfare for the Palestinian neighborhoods.

In one incident, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was lightly wounded and treated on site by a Magen David Adom crew. Six Jewish teens were arrested.

In a separate incident, another Jewish teen was detained for allegedly throwing stones on Hebron Road, and two adults who tried to prevent the arrest were also detained.

In Abu Tor, a firebomb was thrown at a Jewish family’s house on Naomi Street, causing damage to property but no casualties. In the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood beyond the Green Line, stones were thrown at vehicles, causing damage to a police cruiser but no casualties.

In Beit Hanina, stones were thrown at firefighters who had been alerted to a fire in the area. There were no casualties.

In another incident late on Tuesday night, a large brush fire was extinguished on Moshe Dayan Boulevard. Police are investigating the possibility of arson. Fires broke out in the French Hill neighborhood and near Har Gilo Wednesday morning. Police are investigating whether they were also the result of arson. Another fire in Pisgat Ze’ev is also being investigated.

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