Special security measures were in force in Old Jerusalem on Sunday (10 October) following a grenade attack on Saturday night.
Special security measures were in force in Old Jerusalem on Sunday (10 October) following a grenade attack on Saturday night. Sixteen people were injured when the grenade was thrown in the "Street of the Chain" less then a half a mile (800 metres) from the Wailing Wall -- Jewry's holiest shrine. The injured included 13 Jews and three Arabs.
Israeli security forces have detained 68 suspects for interrogation near the scene of the blast.
The Wailing Wall is the only remains of the biblical second Temple. During the present Succoth (Feast of Tabernacles) Festival, the area before the wall and the streets leading to it are crowded with worshippers and visitors throughout the day.
SYNOPSIS: Sixteen people were injured in Jerusalem on Saturday evening when a grenade was thrown in the "Street of the Chain" less than half a mile from the Wailing Wall in the old city. The injured included thirteen Jews -- two of them tourists -- and three Arabs. Police barricaded the area immediately following the blast, and several arrests were made. Special security measures were put into effect in the areas surrounding the Wailing Wall as thousands of Jewish pilgrims were expected to visit the shrine over Monday and Tuesday for the last two days of the "Feast of the Tabernacles."
Twelve of the injured were later released from hospital and the remainder were expected to be detained for only a few days, according to a police spokesman. Israeli Security Services said 68 suspects had been detained for interrogation, and it was later announced that Saturday night's attack was believed to be the work of a small group of Arab saboteurs which infiltrated the old city.