Israeli police wounded 90 Palestinians with foam-tipped bullets during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah early Saturday morning, which broke out after the fatal shooting of Mohammed Samir Abid by police on Thursday, and continued after his death.
Following the clashes, police arrested 19 Palestinians. Abid, 20, was shot on Thursday, with police saying he had thrown lit firecrackers at them at close range, endangering their lives.
On Friday, an Israeli court denied a request by Abid's family to release his body. Police had told the court that they fear riots will break out during his funeral. According to the court order, the police must declare when they will release Abid's body within two days.
On Thursday night, Isawiyah's community administration building – seen by locals as a symbol of cooperation between the neighborhood and the Israeli authorities – was burned down completely. Residents reinitiated the riots on Friday, which continued throughout the night. In response, police raided the village and arrested suspects.
Additional incidents of arson occurred in Kafr Aqab, a Palestinian village located within the municipal boundaries but separated from most of the city by the West Bank security barrier, after residents threw Molotov cocktails.
Other residents of Isawiyah were wounded by rubber bullets in clashes with security forces on Thursday. The clashes continued at the hospital, after residents who accompanied those who were injured got into a confrontation with police forces.
Residents of Isawiyah said Abid was recently released from an Israeli prison after serving a five-year sentence for throwing stones. A witness at the scene told Haaretz that Abid was shot “by three shots from a pistol, at close range … I couldn’t save him, he died in my arms. What happened this evening requires everyone to understand that we cannot remain complacent in the face of such crimes.”
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