Israeli police are expecting more riots in the aftermath of the death of an Arab teen yesterday who was shot by Israeli troops while protesting last week. In short, the teen was shot in the leg by a sponge-tipped bullet and then fell and hit his head, according to police. Rioting in East Jerusalem broke out after his death yesterday.
TIMES OF ISRAEL – Police in Jerusalem are gearing up for fresh violence Monday, as an Arab teen shot by police is set to be buried, a day after his death sparked intense riots in the capital.
Ahead of the funeral for Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, who was shot by Israeli troops during a demonstration last week and succumbed to his wounds Sunday, police in Jerusalem were on high alert Monday evening in anticipation of further clashes in the capital.
The teen’s father told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency that his son was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet during the September 1 rally in the Wadi Joz neighborhood. He claimed that his son was talking on his phone and not taking part in the demonstration.
Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Associated Press that the teen was hit in the leg with a sponge-tipped bullet while throwing stones during the demonstration. He then fell and injured his head, according to reports.
Following news of the teen’s death on Sunday, intense protests broke out in East Jerusalem, including rock-throwing and the ransacking of a French Hill gas station.
Masked Palestinian rioters threw firebombs at the Menta gas station, located near the border between eastern and western Jerusalem, and attacked its convenience store, causing serious damage and concern that the gas pumps would explode in the flames.
Rocks also were thrown at cars with Israeli license plates, injuring two drivers, and at the Jerusalem Light Rail. Seven of the tram’s 23 cars were put out of commission in recent weeks due to rock attacks and other Palestinian violence, according to CityPass, which operates the light rail.