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Israeli extremists assault 3 Palestinian men in East Jerusalem

July 7, 2015 2:57 P.M. (Updated: July 7, 2015 6:59 P.M.)
The Hamayel family stands over Hebrew writing reading "Death to Arabs" at their relative's home, burnt by suspected Jewish extremists in 2014. (AFP, Abbas Momani, File)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian resident of occupied East Jerusalem sustained head injuries after a group of Israeli extremists assaulted him and his two friends in Jerusalem's Old City Monday evening, he told Ma'an.

Firas Mujahid, 45, said that he was walking with his brother Muhammad, 37, and their friend Hasan al-Julani, 28, on Musrara Street when a group of Israelis began to verbally abuse them.

He said that he and his companions ignored the comments and carried on walking, at which point the Israelis began to hurl stones at them and one of the attackers hit Firas with a rod on his head.

He said that Israeli police arrived on the scene and called an ambulance which evacuated him to Hadassah hospital for treatment.

Police then arrested Firas' brother and friend along with a number of the attackers.

After he received medical treatment, Firas left the hospital and submitted a complaint against the Israeli extremists at the Russian Compound police station in Jerusalem.

His brother and their friend al-Julani were released on bail.

Tensions have been running high in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in recent weeks following a number of attacks by Israeli military and civilians against Palestinians and vice versa.

A Palestinian woman was injuredon Saturday nightwhen Israeli extremists threw stones at Palestinian vehicles in East Jerusalem.

An average of two Israeli civilians per week have sustained injuries by Palestinians so far in 2015, with two Israelis killed, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

In the same time period, however, an average of 39 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces each week, and 15 have been killed.

The number does not include incidents of injury by Israeli settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank.
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