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Israeli police: Molotov cocktail thrown at police vehicle near Silwan

July 14, 2017 6:27 P.M. (Updated: July 14, 2017 6:27 P.M.)
A Palestinian protester gestures holding a rock near an Israeli police vehicle during clashes outside the compound of the Israeli Ofer Military Prison ( AFP/Abbas Momani, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police reported that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Israeli “security vehicle” in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, causing the injury of two Israeli security forces.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that an Israeli infant who was with a group of bystanders where the incident took place suffered from smoke inhalation.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident took place in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and that police units were searching the area for suspects.

Rosenfeld added that police were continuing “security measures” in and around East Jerusalem’s Old City that were implemented following a deadly attack in the Old City Friday morning that left two Israeli police officers and three Palestinian assailants dead.

In the wake of the attack, Israeli forces imposed widespread road closures across East Jerusalem, raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compounded, detained several worshipers and security guards, and closed the Mosque to worship for Friday prayers for the first time since 1967.

Palestinian leaders expressed their outrage at the procedures -- which one official called “terroristic” -- for fear that they marked a potential disruption of the status quo at the holy site. 

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