Netanyahu announces tougher penalties for stone throwers

Published September 16th, 2015 - 08:30 GMT

Following three days of intense violence surrounding al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that the Israeli state will toughen penalties for stone throwing, AFP reported.

"It has been decided to toughen the measures in many areas; a modification of the rules of engagement will be examined as well as the establishment of a minimum penalty for those who throw stones," the Israeli premier announced.

He also stated that minors accused of throwing stones, along with their parents, could face "significant fines."

"On the day before (Jewish) new year, it has been proved once again that stones can kill," said Netanyahu, alluding to the Israeli driver who died Sunday night from injuries sustained after he was attacked by rocks. 

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