Police Officer Lightly Injured in East Yerushalayim Rioting

YERUSHALAYIM -

A Border Police officer responding to a riot in east Yerushalayim’s Issawiya neighborhood was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a rock hurled from a rooftop early Sunday evening, The Jerusalem Post reported.

A little after 5 p.m., while patrolling the Palestinian area, police came under attack by a mob of young Arab men throwing firebombs and heavy stones, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told reporters.

“Police units were carrying out operations in Issawiya and local Palestinians started rioting, throwing fire bombs and Yerushalayim stones weighing up to 40 pounds from rooftops at them,” said Rosenfeld.

“Border Police responded by using non-lethal stun grenades to push back the rioters, and at one point one of the officers there shot a 19-year-old Arab man in the leg with a Ruger gun, which has a .22 caliber round, when he attempted to throw a fire bomb at him,” according to Rosenfeld.

The suspect was treated at the scene before being arrested, and the other rioters were dispersed without any other injuries or arrests.