Israeli officers wounded in Jerusalem riots

Sunday, May 30, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff  

At least nine Israeli police officers were injured by rioting Arabs in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Saturday.

Known to Jews as the City of David, the most ancient part of the Israeli capital, Silwan has become a flashpoint as the Palestinians try to wrest control of the city.

Saturday's violence began when an Israeli police patrol was making a routine pass through the neighborhood. As they reached the more Arab-dominated part of the neighborhood, the officers were ambushed by stone throwers. Two officers were struck in the head and were evacuated to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

A larger police force responded to the area and also came under attack.

In related news, an Arab youth on Saturday snatched the rifle of a young female Israeli soldier near Jerusalem's Old City. The Arab boy cried out "Allah Akbar" - "Allah is Great" before being tackled and arrested by Israeli Border Police officers. The female soldier was lightly wounded in the assault.

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