Jan 22, 2021

An Israeli bus was set on fire Thursday evening in what authorities believe is an arson attack by Palestinian youths in East Jerusalem.

According to reports, the bus made a wrong turn into the Palestinian neighborhood of Ras el-Amoud in East Jerusalem when it was pelted with stones. The bus driver was forced to abandon the vehicle and look for assistance from nearby Israeli security officials.

Upon returning with authorities, they discovered the bus on fire. No one was injured in the attack.

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In a separate incident Thursday night, a second bus driver was lightly wounded when his windshield was shattered by stones from Palestinian attackers. The driver was traveling near the Hizma checkpoint, located near the northeastern entrance to Jerusalem.

In the wake of a recent wave in stone throwing and Molotov cocktail attacks by Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem against Israelis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared a “war on rock throwing.”

On Thursday, Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, approved the use of sniper fire against perpetrators under specific circumstances in Jerusalem.

The measure comes after the death Sunday of 64-year-old Alexander Levlovich, whose car was attacked by stones. Losing control of the car, Levlovich crashed into a power pole and landed in a ditch.