20:41 GMT22 October 2020
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    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli police are investigating acts of vandalism that took place in the Arab quarter of Jerusalem, with at least 40 vehicles being damaged, police said on Monday. 

    "At least 40 vehicles and [various] building walls were vandalised in [East] Jerusalem's Shuafat neighbourhood. Police are investigating the incident", Israeli police said in a statement, specifying that the disruption occurred on Sunday night.

    According to the Times of Israel, the vehicle tires were slashed and graffiti was sprayed on city walls.

    Officers later said that the number of vandalized cars could be much higher.

    An alleged video of the moment has been published on Twitter.

    Israeli police have increased their presence in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Isawiyah since the end of June following violent clashes with local residents. The incidents were provoked by the death of a young Palestinian man, who was shot dead by a policeman after he launched fireworks at the officers during clashes in the neighbourhood.

    With regard to such incidents, the authorities usually suspect ultra-right Jewish activists. Muslim and Christian sites in Israel, East Jerusalem and the West Bank; the property of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs; and even Israeli army bases have repeatedly been targeted in acts of vandalism.

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