Arabs Riot in French Hill, Yerushalayim

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters/Hamodia) -

A fire broke out at a gas station in the French Hill section of the capital on Sunday night after Arabs arrived rioting, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails. 

The area sustained considerable damage. However, fire fighters were on site to bring the flames under control.

As this was happening, an Israeli driving in the A-Tur neighborhood in eastern Yerushalayim was set upon by rock-throwing Arabs and sustained a light injury.

Scores of Palestinians rioted in eastern Yerushalayim during the day on Sunday after hearing that a youth from their neighborhood had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week.

Masked protesters in the neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz close to the Old City threw rocks, firebombs and flares at passing cars, and riot officers responded with rubber bullets during an afternoon of clashes that lasted for several hours. There were no reports of serious injury.

Mohammed Sinokrot, 16, succumbed to a head wound suffered during a protest a week ago but the circumstances of how he sustained the wound were in dispute.

His father, Abdel-Majid, said his son had been hit in the head by a rubber bullet but Israeli police said Sinokrot had been hit in the leg with a foam projectile and had fallen and hit his head while running away from officers.

The body was taken for a post-mortem examination in Tel Aviv and the Israeli Justice Ministry’s police investigations unit was examining the circumstances of the case, a police spokesman said.

Street clashes with police in riot gear and stone-throwing at Israeli vehicles have marked the most serious outbreak of violence in the capital in some years.