"Violent riots erupt in
Jerusalem's Temple Mount"
Violent riots erupt in Jerusalem's Temple Mount
join funeral procession of Palestinian killed by Israeli security guard
in Silwan; ten people, 3 police officers injured; buses, police cars,
other vehicles destroyed, set ablaze; police dispersing rioters.
riots erupted in east Jerusalem on Wednesday as approximately 1,000
people joined a funeral procession for a Palestinian man killed by an
Israeli security guard in Silwan on Wednesday morning.
people were injured, including a 35-year-old Israeli in moderate
condition who was stabbed in the back near Mount of Olives, and three
police officers. Police reported that attendees threw stones at
officers, vehicles and buses causing injuries and damage, and that a
police vehicle and several other vehicles were set alight near
Jerusalem's Old City. Three buses were destroyed.
Pre-dawn riots in Silwan subdued with no injuries
Palestinians attack forces in Silwan
Insp.-Gen. David Cohen arrived at the scene of rioting in east
Jerusalem and received a briefing from police commanders. Police are
holding ongoing assessments of the situation and have deployed large
forces as part of an effort to contain the disturbances.
There were also riots in Silwan on Wednesday morning after the 32-year-old east Jerusalem resident was killed.
security guard was driving a security vehicle on his way to a settler
home when residents blocked the street with trash cans and began
hurling rocks at him.
The guard, fearing for his life, then
allegedly opened fire with his personal firearm at a group of rock
throwers and killed a resident. Police found two knives and screwdriver
on the body of the victim who had a previous criminal history and was
known to police.
Ofer Rosenman, manager of the security company
which the security guard is employed by, spoke to Channel 2 news about
"Today, between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., a security
jeep was driving on a street at the outskirts of the neighborhood.
Usually there are two security guards, but this time there was only
one," he explained. "At the Amudim junction, the street was blocked by
several suspicious individuals, it was really like an ambush."
Rosenman told Channel 2 news that Palestinians surrounded the vehicle from every direction.
threw rocks and Molotov cocktails, so the guard exited his vehicle and
shot in the air and then shot at one of the people after he felt that
they wanted to kidnap him."
According to Channel 2 news, the
security guard is employed by a security company which was hired to
protect Jewish residents living in east Jerusalem. The company belongs
to the Housing Office and its role is to prevent attacks on residents
and structures. Rosenman said that security guards are attacked
"We are talking about attacks with rocks, metal poles and gunshots several times a day," he explained.
The security guard was arrested at the scene and taken for questioning by the police, and was later released.