One dead in Palestinian riots over Yom Kippur


( Riots broke out in various Palestinian neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem less than an hour after the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, began Tuesday evening, that left one rioter dead.

Residents of Issawiya, Silwan, Jabel Mukaber and A-Zaim neighborhoods clashed with Israeli security forces who were trying to restore order.

A new of the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya, where riots broke out over Yom Kippur. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

“Arabs living in these neighborhoods threw petrol bombs and rocks at officers who responded to a dangerous and life-threatening situation,” Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“One resident in Silwan, who threw a petrol bomb at officers at close range, was injured critically and died. Police attempted to treat him for his injury, but local residents removed his body from the scene and he died a short time later.”

The Silwan resident was recently released from prison after serving a 15-month sentence.

Rioters in Jabel Mukaber, Issawiya and Al-Raim also threw rocks and firebombs at police, but crowd-control measures were used to restore order.

Rosenfeld said no other serious injuries were reported, with the help of some 3,500 officers patrolling Jerusalem during the High Holy day.             

Posted on October 13, 2016 .