Violent Clashes in East Jerusalem
January 19, 2011

Violent clashes are currently underway in Baten al-Hawa district of Silwan. Confrontations broke out between Palestinian residents and Israeli military and police officers, who fired tear gas around and inside Palestinian homes in the neighborhood. An ambulance was prevented by Israeli forces from entering the scene of the clashes. Amongst the injured were 8 children, 1 hit by a rubber bullet and 7 suffering from from symptoms of asphyxiation caused by tear gas inhalation. Eyewitnesses reported the torching of an Israeli police car in Baten al-Hawa after it was hit was Molotov cocktails. Confrontations have spread to other neighborhoods, including al-Bustan and theEin Silwan area on the outskirts of Wadi Hilweh. Clashes have ripped through other areas of East Jerusalem and are currently underway in Shuafat Camp, triggered by the injury of an Israeli soldier hit with stones at a checkpoint to the camp.