Jerusalem: Police Officers Wounded in Shooting Attack

A border police officer has been moderately wounded in a shooting attack close to the Armon Hanetziv neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The 25-year-old officer was shot in his shoulder by terrorists during an ambush as he and fellow officers were quelling violent disturbances in Jabel Mukaber.

An additional three officers were lightly wounded by firebombs hurled by Arab terrorists during the attack.

The shooting comes as a wave of Arab violence continues in the capital for the sixth straight day. Muslim extremist groups have been encouraging violent attacks in the capital since the eve of Rosh Hashanah, with the Armon Hanetziv neighborhood and surrounding areas being a focal point for Muslim rioters targeting residents and security forces alike.

In the Arab neighborhood of A-Tor, masked youths hurled rocks and concrete blocks at police and border police forces; similar riots occurred at the Kalandia checkpoint. There were no injuries in either of those incidents, and police dispersed the attackers using riot control equipment.

In other developments: Police in Wadi Joz arrested a 17-year-old Arab youth who participated in stone-throwing attacks against security forces. 

The latest flareup of violence comes just a short while after Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan toured some of the worst-effected areas together with senior police officers.

Erdan vowed to that police would "deal with a the strongest possible hand against anyone who tries to disturb order or carry out violence against residents of the city or visitors."

The Minister noted that with the holiday of Sukkot approaching "tens, if not hundreds of thousands of visitors" would be flocking to the capital, making restoring order an even more urgent priority.

He blamed incitement from the Palestinian Authority – whose officials, including leader Mahmoud Abbas, have been openly calling for a "religious war" over the Temple Mount – and radical Arab MKs, who have themselves taken part in some of the disturbances, for causing the recent escalation in Jerusalem.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200824

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