Israeli police late Saturday raided a hospital in East Jerusalem and detained a young Arab who had hurled a Molotov cocktail at them and fled into the hospital, Ma’an reported.
Witnesses said police searched the outer square of the al-Maqasid hospital in the al-Tur neighborhood before storming the hospital’s emergency room and detained a young man who claimed he was there to escort an elderly woman.
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According to Ma’an, the officers beat the young man “brutally” before taking him into custody.
The hospital administration denounced the raid which they described as a “barbarian attack” that violated the sanctity of the hospital.
There is no legal concept related to the sanctity of hospitals.
Witnesses said the raid came during clashes in the al-Tur neighborhood, during which police fired tear gas and stun grenades at Arab rioters, who threw stones and firebombs at the officers.
Officials at the hospital said that over the past two days, Israeli troops have showered the hospital campus with tear gas and stun grenades, and sprayed putrid-smelling “skunk” liquid at it during clashes.