Clashes break out in Silwan over demolition threats

[ 14/10/2010 – 10:24 AM ]


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli military forces in Jerusalem’s Silwan district Wednesday evening, ending in the injury of some soldiers.

An Israeli media source said at least two border guard soldiers were injured by stones thrown by Palestinians in the neighborhood.

The military force broke up the crowd by force using tear gas and rubber coated bullets, without report of injury or arrest on the Palestinian side.

The clashes were prompted by an official Israeli decision issued by the State Comptroller to demolish more than 110 Palestinian homes in the Silwan district for allegedly being built without permits and in a manner conflicting with the structural maps.

In a separate incident, media sources in the West Bank said Wednesday that Israeli soldiers arrested three Palestinians, two of them journalists, and took them to the Karmi Tsur settlement in north Al-Khalil.

The detainees reportedly gathered near the settlement to cover a settler attack against Palestinian land in the nearby Al-Khalil town of Beit Ummar, where bulldozers were digging up last night and this morning the land of Palestinians to expand the settlement.

The detainees wee identified as Mamoun Wazwaz of Reuters, Hazem Badr of the AFP, and Palestinian Solidarity Project spokesman Mohammed Ayyad Awad.

Israeli forces arrested in the West Bank Thursday morning eight Palestinians alleging that they were on the wanted list.

Israeli sources said Palestinians were arrested in Qalqiliya, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Al-Khalil and taken for questioning.

Clashes break out in Silwan over demolition threats.

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