Israeli settlers and police force attack Sheikh Jarrah residents

20 people were injured and 2 minors were arrested

Jerusalem24 – The Palestinian Red Crescent reported last night that its crews dealt with 20 injuries during the Israeli forces’ assault on Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

they added, that 16 injuries were caused by pepper gas, two were caused by rubber-coated steel bullets, and two injuries as a result of direct physical assualt; one of whom was an elderly man who was hit in the head and transferred to a hospital.

They also pointed out that Israeli settlers threw stones at an ambulance belonging to the Red Crescent and the Israeli forces directly sprayed waste water on another ambulance belonging to the paramedics.

A number of residents of the neighborhood reported that the settlers, under the protection and support of the Israeli forces, attacked houses with stones. Earlier yesterday, an Israeli settler injured 4 girls, aged 12-14 years, after spraying them with pepper spray in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Local sources said that a settler, occupying the home of the Al-Ghawi family in Sheikh Jarrah, sprayed the girls with pepper gas on their eyes and faces when they arrived to visit a friend of theirs in the neighborhood.

The residents provided initial medical treatment to the girls amid the protests.

A number of residents who were present in the area demanded the police to arrest the settler, however, they proceeded instead to arrest two Palestinian minors.

The Israeli police said in a statement: “The police station received a report about two Molotov cocktails thrown at a house in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, with no injuries reported.”

The police admitted that a settler “sprayed pepper sprayed three people.” They added, “Three suspects, including two minors, were arrested on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails, and another suspect on suspicion of spraying pepper spray.”

Activist Saleh Diab said that the Israeli forces arrested Musa Al-Atrash and Ahmed Abu Khdeir, during the attack on the citizens who went out to confront the settlers, and also stormed the homes of the Al-Kurd and Al-Qasim families.

Eyewitnesses denied that anyone had thrown bottles at the settler’s house.

The Israeli police are present around the clock and prevent non-residents from entering the neighborhood.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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