JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said security forces have been boosted in East Jerusalem to prevent further violence by Palestinian youths, Xinhua news agency reported.
He told a weekly cabinet meeting Sunday an additional 1,000 police and paramilitary border police including special forces have been deployed in Arab neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.
“We will not allow the reality of Jerusalem to become one of throwing stones, firebombs and disturbances,” he said.
Tension has been running high in East Jerusalem since Wednesday when a Palestinian motorist rammed his car into a light rail station, killing a Jewish infant and wounding eight others.
The driver was shot by Israeli police and died of his injuries in hospital.
On Friday, Israeli forces shot dead Orwah Hammad, a 14-year old Palestinian-American during clashes near the West Bank city of Ramallah where the Palestinian National Authority is located. – Bernama