Palestinians riot in east Jerusalem over works near al Aqsa
Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli police and attacked a Canadian tourist bus Saturday in a new wave of protests against Israeli works near a Jerusalem holy site.
The violence came a day after police stormed the al Aqsa compound in the Old City, using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse Muslims. The sporadic violence continued Saturday as Palestinian teenagers set large garbage containers on fire in the streets of east Jerusalem just outside the Old City and threw rocks at police nearby. Some of the rocks smashed the windows of cars parked on the side of the road. Other small protests broke out inside the Old City, police said.
The police responded by firing tear gas to disperse the protesters and arrested 15. Angry Palestinians also pelted a bus carrying vacationing Canadian tourists on a tour in east Jerusalem.
A police station in east Jerusalem was also stoned, said a Jerusalem police spokesman. No one was injured in the incidents Saturday, he said.
In the West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli forces, who responded with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, witnesses said.