Police Detain East Jerusalem Teens on Suspicion of Firebombing

Youths suspected of devising their own home-made fire bombs, which they then hurled from hill tops at passing cars.

Yuval Ben-Ami

Three East Jerusalem teens suspected of throwing rocks and firebombs on passing cars on the route leading to Ma'aleh Adumim were detained, Israel Police said Sunday.

The three youths, aged 16 to 17, are from the East Jerusalem village of Isawiyah. Police suspect that the three used to buy different kinds of flammable materials and inserted them into cloth-covered glass bottles, creating home-made firebombs.

They then allegedly positioned themselves at the top of the hills surrounding Isawiyah at night time, and hurled rocks and firebombs at cars passing on the route to the West Bank settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim and at a nearby gas station.

No travelers on the route were wounded as a result of the firebombs.

Police said that in their investigation the youths linked themselves to the charges against them. They will be brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court for an extension of their remand, police added.