“These Molotovs, rocks, fireworks, and other attack devices are aimed at civilians as well as police forces, who attempt to thwart and minimize these violent riots,” a police spokesperson said.
By Arye Green, TPS
A mob of Arab rioters on Wednesday night attacked police forces during an operation in the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya in eastern Jerusalem. The rioters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at the police forces and media crews present on site.
The media crews were asked by the police to clear the area, out of concern for their safety, given the violent circumstances. The police spokesperson said the police “allows members of the media to operate in Issawiya and will continue to do so while keeping them safe and preventing the loss of human life.”
Violent riots against police forces are frequent in Issawiya, threatening the lives of law enforcement personnel as well as civilians. Police say that recently they have been dealing with riots on a daily basis.
On Monday, Arab terrorists threw a pipe bomb at Border Police forces operating in the neighborhood, and elsewhere security forces were attacked with stones and fireworks.
A police spokesperson stated that the police forces are not the only ones targeted by rioters. “These Molotovs, rocks, fireworks, and other attack devices are aimed at civilians as well as police forces, who attempt to thwart and minimize these violent riots.”
He added that “thanks to police activity in the area in recent months, there has been a sharp decline in violent incidents such as rock and Molotov throwing, and other crimes against innocent civilians.”
Rock-throwing by Arab terrorists has been a common form of terror throughout the years, causing numerous injuries and, in some cases, death.
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