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Israeli police officer lightly wounded by rock in Silwan

March 4, 2017 9:22 P.M. (Updated: March 6, 2017 8:19 P.M.)
Israeli police run towards Palestinian protesters during clashes in Issawiya, East Jerusalem on September 13, 2015. (AFP)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli police officer sustained minor wounds Saturday evening after stones and fireworks were hurled at Israeli border guards and police in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, according to an Israeli police spokesperson.

Luba al-Samri said in a written statement that a police officer sustained minor wounds after "unidentified suspects" hurled stones and fireworks.

Palestinian stone throwers face harsh penalties by Israeli authorities, with Israel passing a law in 2015 allowing for up to 20 years in prison if charged with throwing stones at vehicles and a minimum of three years for the act of throwing a stone at an Israeli -- legislation rights groups say was designed specifically to target Palestinians, as Israelis and settlers are rarely prosecuted under the same standards of the law.

Palestinian youth was sentenced to 18 years in prison last month for allegedly throwing a rock at an Israeli vehicle -- representing the harshest sentence ever handed down for stone throwing.
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