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Clashes across Jerusalem as court evicts 15

March 19, 2010 9:49 P.M. (Updated: March 20, 2010 3:29 P.M.)
Jerusalem – Ma'an – Hundreds of young Palestinian men clashed with Israeli border police in the Shu’fat refugee camp north of Jerusalem on Friday, witnesses said.

"At least 15 boys were beaten and detained when they took shelter in an empty building 100 meters away from the military checkpoint" at the entrance of the camp, one witnesses said.

"Israeli soldiers disguised as Arabs and an under-cover unit that surrounded them inside the building," the witness, who preferred not to be named, added. "When they were forced out they had blood on their faces."

Rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas were used against the group, and ambulances were unable to access the injured, locals said, with traffic being turned around as far away as the A’nata and As-Salam neighborhoods.

Violence erupted when camp residents concluded Friday prayers and gathered at the military checkpoint at one entrance, throwing stones at the structure, witnesses said, noting large numbers of forces were summoned to the camp, blocking the entrance.

Clashes spread as witnesses reported at least one Molotov cocktail thrown in the street at Sultan Suleiman, where an Israeli patrol car was policing the area. No injuries were reported among the soldiers.

The East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Wadi Al-Joz , Ras Al-A’mud, the Qalandiaya refugee camp and Al-Eisawieyah saw stone throwers met with tear-gas and rubber-coated bullets, with several injuries reported in Qalandiya.

Sheikh Jarrah

Hundreds of Israeli and international peace activists gathered in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, in an effort to show solidarity with residents of the area, many of whom were threatened with home demolitions and eviction orders.

Israeli police forces blocked the entrances of the neighborhood, preventing many of activists from reaching the Al-Kurd and Al-Ghwar homes, occupied by Israeli settlers.

Six Jerusalemites were ordered evicted from their Bab Huta and Al-Wad neighborhood homes in the Old City on Friday, a report said, following their arrest on Thursday.

Mousa Ghousha, 22, his brother Ibrahim, 21, A’hed Ar-Resheq, 22, Mohammad A’seela, 17, and Abed Ar-Ramlawi,18, from Al-Wad and Rami Al-Fakhuri,18, from Bab Huta, were identified as the young men subjected to the eviction order.

Another fifteen may also be subject to eviction, a court document said.

Israeli police and border guard officials were unavailable for comment.
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