Jerusalem tempers flare

Thursday, July 03, 2014 |  Israel Today Staff

In the hours after the Northern Jerusalem teen was reported abducted and subsequently found murdered, Arab residents of the Jerusalem suburb of Shuafat took to the streets.

Despite the fact that no concrete evidence has yet emerged from the police investigation, the word on the street was that the perpetrators of the murder were Jews exacting revenge for the abduction and murder of the three Jewish teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel.

Very quickly the unrest gathered momentum and most Northern Jerusalem residents were almost completely cutoff from reaching their places of employment as public transportation was halted.

Police had to implement riot control measures against the rioters but not before major damage was caused to 3 light-rail stations, which were totally destroyed, vehicles and businesses in the area.

Police faced rocks, stun grenades, fire-bombs and even a few pipe-bombs.

At one point police had to close off highway 443 close to Beit Hanina as a result of the violence.

Israeli leaders and government ministers condemned the abduction and murder in unison calling for a speedy investigation and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

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