Police Arrest 24 Yerushalayim Arabs on Riot Charges

Palestinian rioters set tires ablaze in Shuafat, Yerushalayim, on Wednesday. (Sliman Khader/FLASH90)
Palestinian rioters set tires ablaze in Shuafat, Yerushalayim. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

Police on Thursday arrested 24 residents of Arab neighborhoods of Yerushalayim for participating in various terror attacks and riots in the city. The Arabs, including nine minors, are residents of the Shuafat, Silwan, A-Tur and Isawiya neighborhoods. The detainees are suspected of participating in riots, throwing rocks at civilians and police, participating in firebomb attacks and planning terror attacks.

IDF forces also shut down several weapons workshops overnight Wednesday. Weapons, weapon parts and machinery to fabricate weapons were seized in the Binyamin region village of Idna, and in the Jabel Mukaber area of Yerushalayim. Large amounts of ammunition were also seized.

Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested 12 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.