Maan News Agency: Child hit by rubber bullet in latest Silwan clashes



Published today (updated) 24/10/2010 13:51
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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out Sunday in the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan as Israeli authorities stormed the Al-Bustan area to hand down demolition notices, locals said.

Head of the committee defending Silwan homes Fakhri Abu Diab said a large force of Israeli border guards ransacked the area, using homes as vantage points to fire tear-gas canisters, stun-grenades and rubber bullets “in all directions.”

An eight-year-old boy was hit three times by the rubber bullets, he added.

Several demolition notices were handed down to Samir Abu Sbeih, Yousif Abu Sneina, Nafith As-Sa’di and Sai’di Asila among others.

A spokesman for Israel’s National Police did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Center: Israel launching tax crackdown

On Wednesday, the Wad Hilwa Information Center said Israeli forces and officers began carrying out a detention campaign and tax crackdown in Silwan.

Center direct Jawad Siyam said wide-scale raids on stores in Silwan were being carried out, while armoured vehicles patrolled the streets, adding that police, border guards and tax officers were searching cars and “breaking into many stores.”

“The officers in charge of these teams were instructed to continue the campaign and escalate it, similar to what happened in Shu’fat, until protests carried out by Palestinians against the settlers’ provocation ends,” Siyam said.

Tensions have remained high in Silwan, following the shooting death of Samer Sirhan, a Palestinian resident by an Israeli settler guard. The neighborhood was placed on lock-down for several days and since the center has reported dozens of detentions.

Weeks after Sirhan’s, a video surfaced of an Israeli settler organization leader running down Palestinian children as they threw stones at his car. Later, Israeli police were said to have used the footage to detain and question the children seen in the video.

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Maan News Agency: Child hit by rubber bullet in latest Silwan clashes.

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