Israel warns against fire flares, stone pelting

Jerusalem, Sep 16 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the tightening up of security measures and penalties against acts of violence, which have taken place in recent days in Jerusalem, leaving one dead and several wounded.

“We will fight by any means necessary against stone-throwing, firebombs and pipe bombs, and against those who fire flares to harm civilians and police officers,” Netanyahu said during an emergency meeting on Tuesday night, according to Xinhua which cited a statement issued by his office on Wednesday.

“On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, it was proven again that stone-throwing can kill. Such actions will face a very harsh response through punishment and law enforcement,” he added.

The meeting was organised on Monday after one person died when an injury from a stone caused the driver of the vehicle to lose control over it.

“These kinds of activities will be met with very fierce punitive and deterring response,” Netanyahu warned.

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