Palestinian Arabs hurled stones and firebombs during a riot in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday lightly injuring six police officers and four private security guards stationed at Jewish-owned properties in the area.
Many of the rioters were lightly hurt by inhaling tear gas used by the police to disperse the mob.
Police officials characterized the incident as a significant upswing in local violence in Silwan, an Arab-dominated neighborhood just south of Jerusalem's current Old City. Silwan is known to Jews as the City of David, and comprises the entirety of what was Jerusalem at the time of the biblical king.
The current tension in the neighborhood is due to a municipal plan to reclaim a state-owned green area that in recent years had been taken over local squatters. Despite the fact that the municipality has been generous in agreeing to retroactively approve two-thirds of the illegal houses, local Arab residents insist the government's efforts to enforce the law is racist and inhumane.
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