During the altercation, a Molotov cocktail hit a passing car that caused it to explode.
By World Israel News Staff
Early Tuesday morning, Israeli forces raided the town of al-Issawiya in eastern Jerusalem after receiving reports of Molotov cocktails thrown at vehicles traveling adjacent to the neighborhood, Israeli media reported.
According to the reports, the rioters threw Molotov cocktails and stones at the Israeli forces.
During the altercation, a Molotov cocktail hit a passing car that caused it to burst into flames.
The Arab driver in the car was badly hurt and one of the Israeli policemen who rushed to save him was slightly injured.
“The police officers rescued a local man from his burning car after it was set on fire by a firebomb which had been thrown at him, and he was evacuated in very serious condition to the hospital in a police vehicle. One of the officers who rescued him was injured, and was treated at the scene,” a police spokesperson said.
The police arrested eight of the Arab rioters during the raid.
Following the arrests, the police released a statement saying that it will “use all the means at its disposal to reach any suspects who endanger the safety of civilians, road users and police forces, to arrest and prosecute them for their actions.”
Earlier in the month, the IDF arrested two Palestinians in connection to a pipe bomb thrown at Rachel’s Tomb.
The police raided the suspect’s homes and seized material used for the purpose of building explosive devices.
According to a Border Police statement, one of the suspects was a member of Hamas.
In July, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Israeli family traveling near the Mount of Olives.
The firebomb injured three family members, including a baby girl. The victims were treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics and the baby girl was transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.