Stone Throwing Attacks Continue in Jerusalem

July 26, 2013

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Stabbing in Old City
Stabbing in Old City
The violence continued to escalate Thursday at the Old City’s Damascus Gate where Arabs threw stones at a passing Israeli bus, injuring 15 (Photo: Biosketch/Wikimedia Commons)

The Arab population in Jerusalem continues to become more radicalized as yet another attack against Jewish Israelis was carried out on Thursday.

A total of fifteen Israelis were injured in stone throwing attacks in the Holy City of Jerusalem on Thursday. At some time in the early afternoon, a group of Arabs hurled rocks at a passing bus at the Damascus Gate, the same gate where a young Jewish man was stabbed by an Arab last week. In the bus attack, a family of 12, two parents and their ten children, ranging from ages 1 to 19 we injured along with another man and his son.

Paramedics arrived on the scene swiftly to treat the victims. Four were taken to the hospital with one listed as being in ‘moderate condition’ while the others were only lightly injured or suffering from shock.

An Israeli man was injured an a very similar attack earlier in the day.

Just last week a Jewish man was stabbed by two Arab youths while exiting the Old City through the Damascus Gate.

Jerusalem District Police spokesman Shmulik Ben Rubi told The Times of Israel that border and municipal police were still searching for suspects and that no arrests had been made.

While the police are hesitant to speculate as to the reasons for the recent surge in Arab violence in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, Ben Rubi suggested that the observance of the month of Ramadan may be an important factor.

Also on Thursday, IDF soldiers arrested a suspected shooter in the northern West Bank. After identifying an armed Palestinian just south of Nablus, the troops caught the man, who was thought to have carried out two shooting attacks on Israeli buses in the past. IDF soldiers found a pistol on his person.

(Information for this article provided by The Times of Israel)

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