A bus that entered the Palestinian neighborhood of Isawiyah in East Jerusalem was pelted with stones and fire bombs on Saturday evening.
The Egged bus entered the neighborhood after the driver finished his shift. Local residents began to gather around the vehicle, some of them throwing stones and fire bombs.
The driver and his family members, who were passengers on the bus, managed to flee unharmed and ran towards police officers in the area. After the incident, Isawiyah residents clashed with police.
Overnight, police arrested three local residents suspected of involvement in the attack, two of them minors.
Shortly after the incident, Transportation Minister Miri Regev said she trusts “the security forces and police to bring the perpetrators to justice, and to prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”
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Police have been intensely active in the Isawiyah neighborhood since May 2019, in a campaign criticized by residents as collective punishment. These police operations have led to the arrest of hundreds of residents, dozens of injuries and a severe disruption of day-to-day life for local Palestinians. Relations between residents and police have rapidly disintegrated due to this sequence of violent conflicts.