Eight Arabs Arrested as Clashes Erupt in Yerushalayim and Yaffo

Police officers stand guard during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police outside Shaar Shechem in Yerushalayim, on Sunday night. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Police arrested a total of eight Arabs in Yerushalayim and Yaffo on Sunday night after clashes in the two cities between Arabs and Jews.

Three protesters were detained in Yaffo after clashes broke out in the wake of an attack earlier Sunday on Rabbi Eliyahu Mali, the head of a hesder yeshivah in the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Ajami.

In Yerushalayim, there were riots close to the Shaar Shechem entrance to the Old City, during which five Arabs were arrested on suspicion of throwing stones and attacking police officers.

In Yaffo, several dozen Jews and several dozen Arabs protested in close proximity to one another, with police separating the two groups.

The protests eventually escalated, with Arab demonstrators hurling stones at police, letting off fireworks and setting fire to garbage cans. Two policemen were lightly injured.

Later, Arab protesters began throwing stones, leading the police to start make arrests and send in mounted officers.

About an hour after the clashes erupted and the Jewish protesters had dispersed, police announced that the demonstration was being classed as illegal, and ordered the Arab residents of Yaffo to leave the scene.

In Yerushalayim, police clashed with hundreds of protesters outside the Old City, firing stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse the crowd.

Similar clashes have occurred nightly since the Muslim month of Ramadan began last week.

Kan News showed videos of large crowds clashing with police, who used stun grenades and sprayed water to disperse the gathering.

Police said they had made at least three arrests, and the Palestinian Red Crescent medical service said four people were hurt in the clashes.

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