Firebombs hurled at Jerusalem bus; no injuries (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 03.29.12, 23:55)
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Bus traveling in Mount Scopus area attacked with stones, Molotov
cocktails. ´You wouldn´t expect this in the heart of Israel,´ driver
says; assailants still at large
A number of Molotov cocktails were hurled Thursday evening at a bus
traveling in Jerusalem´s Mount Scopus area, not far from the Hebrew
"You wouldn´t expect something like this to happen near the
university, in the heart of the State of Israel," said the driver,
who was returning from a bar mitzvah at the Western Wall.
According to the driver, 40 of his relatives were on the bus when it
was attacked. "After the bar mitzvah we decided to visit the Mount
Scopus area, but our leisurely trip quickly turned into a nightmare
when firebombs and stones were thrown at the bus," he recalled.
"It´s a miracle that the Molotov cocktails didnít burn the bus down.
We were scared to death. Children and adults began to scream and cry.
When I recovered I floored the gas pedal, but I managed to catch a
glimpse of the assailants Ė four or five hooded youngsters. I drove
another kilometer or so before calling the police, who arrived within
a few minutes."
Officers combed the area, but the assailants have not been
apprehended as of yet.
Yosef Qandiati, who attends Hebrew University, rushed to the
scene. "The bus´s windows were scorched. The driver and passengers
were in shock. The incident could have ended in tragedy," he said.
Students at the university say stone-throwing incidents in the area,
where the village of Issawiya is located, are not uncommon. Student
representatives recently met with senior police officials to discuss
the need for increased security near the campus.
Itay Gottler, who heads the student union at Hebrew University,
said "it´s just a matter of time before there is bloodshed here. The
authorities must act to curb the violence through enforcement and by
improving education and infrastructure in neighborhoods located near
the campus." Tomer Velmer contributed to the report (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 03/29/12)
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