World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli police have detained two Palestinians from East Jerusalem for allegedly throwing stones and petrol bombs at Israeli police.
In a statement, police spokesperson Luba Samri said police had detained two Palestinians from the Palestinian neighborhood of Al-Eizariya, including a minor, for alleged involvement in "hostile acts" against Israeli troops.
The pair had since been referred to interrogation, she added, without providing details as to their identity.
Israeli forces routinely round up Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on claims they are "wanted" by the authorities.
Tension has mounted in the occupied Palestinian territories since the kidnap and murder of three Israeli settlers last summer and the subsequent abduction and murder by Jewish settlers of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy.
Both incidents preceded a devastating Israeli military onslaught on the Gaza Strip in July and August that left over 2,160 Palestinians dead – the vast majority of them civilians – and some 11,000 injured.
Tensions in Jerusalem have escalated even further since late October, when Israel briefly closed East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after an extremist rabbi was shot and injured by a Palestinian man in West Jerusalem.
Since then, several Israelis, including security personnel, have been killed – and several others injured – in a spate of attacks by Palestinians both inside Israel and in the occupied territories.
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