Riots broke out in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina Wednesday morning following the suspected abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager Tuesday night. The boy was reportedly snatched in the evening and his body found burnt in nearby woods early Wednesday morning.
Police were investigating whether the deadly kidnapping of 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir was a nationalistically motivated revenge attack for the abduction and murders of three Israeli teenagers, a national saga that came to an end when their bodies were found on Monday. Hundreds of nationalist Israelis took to the streets of West Jerusalem on Tuesday demanding revenge, and attacked a number of Palestinian passersby. Police prevented attacks against a number of others.
[Updated] During the course of the riots in Shuafat Wednesday morning, a number of journalists were wounded by Israeli riot police who were using sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd control weapons against rock-throwing Palestinian youths. At least two Palestinian journalists from Palestine TV and two Israeli photojournalists from Activestills were wounded by what were believed to be 40mm sponge-tipped bullet. (See a photo of the type of sponge-tipped bullets Israeli police use here.)
Activestills and Walla! News photographer Tali Mayer was shot in the face and Activestills photographer Oren Ziv was hit in the arm. Mayer was evacuated to a local hospital where she was expected to undergo surgery, according to Walla!.
A previous version of this post said that the photographers were shot with plastic bullets. It appears they were shot with sponge-tipped bullets. Read more about Israel’s use of crowd control weapons here.