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Clashes In East Jerusalem After Palestinian Man Found Hanged

Israeli police have said there were no signs of foul play after the 32-year-old bus driver was found hanged in a Jerusalem depot. However, rumors have spread among Palestinians that he was attacked by a group of Jewish extremists.

Posted on November 17, 2014, at 9:59 a.m. ET

Clashes have broken out in East Jerusalem overnight after a 32-year-old Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in a depot late on Sunday, Haaretz reported.

Palestinian protesters burn a tyre in front of the barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17.
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Palestinian protesters burn a tyre in front of the barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17.

Israeli police have said they do not suspect any foul play or violence in the case. However, AFP and Palestinian media outlets including Ma'an and Al-Quds have reports of witnesses claiming that he was attacked by a group of Israelis.

Palestinian protesters burn tyres while one of them tries to hammer a hole through Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis (L) from Jerusalem on November 17.
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Palestinian protesters burn tyres while one of them tries to hammer a hole through Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis (L) from Jerusalem on November 17.

The bus driver has been identified in Palestinian media as Yousuf Hassan Al-Ramouni from El Tur in East Jerusalem. He worked for Israel's Egged bus company, and was found dead inside his vehicle at Har Hotzvim terminal, Jerusalem.

A Palestinian protester holds a national flag as he stands on top of Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17.
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A Palestinian protester holds a national flag as he stands on top of Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17.

Ramouni's body was discovered by colleagues at 10p.m. local time Sunday after they noticed his bus was still parked in the terminal after he was due to start his 9.20p.m. shift on the 57 bus route, Haaretz reported.

A Palestinian protester tries to hammer a hole through Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17.
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A Palestinian protester tries to hammer a hole through Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17.

His body was found hanging from the center of the bus from a thin cord. According to Haaretz, relatives of the Ramouni took photographs of his body, and claim they show signs of violence.

A statement issued by police spokeswoman Luba Samri said there were "no signs of violence on the body." "According to an initial investigation, it appears there is no suspicion of criminal activity, in other words a suicide," she said.

Palestinian protesters burn tyres in front of Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014.
AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP / Getty Images

Palestinian protesters burn tyres in front of Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014.

However, Ramouni's colleague Muatasem Fakeh told AFP: "We saw signs of violence on his body... He was hanged over the steps at the back of the bus in a place where it would be impossible to hang yourself alone."

Masked Palestinian youths throw stones during a protest near Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014.
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Masked Palestinian youths throw stones during a protest near Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014.

Al-Ramouni's brother Osama told AFP: "My brother had children and was a happy man. It is impossible that he killed himself... We reject the suicide theory. We all know it was settlers [a euphemism for Jewish extemists] who killed him."

Masked Palestinian youths protest near Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014.
AFP / Getty Images AHMAD GHARABLI

Masked Palestinian youths protest near Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014.

Haaretz reported that al-Ramouni's body had been taken from Hadassah Hospital to Abu Kabir Forensic Insitutute in Tel Aviv for an autopsy.

Osama al-Ramouni told AFP he believed that the post-mortem would "reveal everything."

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