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Seven injured, 15 arrested as Israeli forces demolish four Jerusalem houses

Nov. 5, 2008 7:45 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 5, 2008 7:45 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli bulldozers demolished four Palestinian houses in Jerusalem on Wednesday, provoking clashes with Palestinian youths that left seven people injured.

Seven people were injured in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces while Israeli bulldozers destroyed four Palestinian houses in Jerusalem.

Three of the demolitions took place in the Silwan neighborhood. Witnesses said the bulldozers destroyed a house belonging to Manal Maher Zaytoun, a widow with two children. The newly built house had not yet been connected to water and electricity.

Israeli bulldozers also demolished a 60 square meter house belonging to resident Mohamed Siam, displacing a six people. The third destroyed house belonged to Abu Sa'id Sanad.

In the Shu'afat neighborhood, Israeli forces destroyed a 170 square meter house belonging to Imad Ahmed Bishara and inhabited by 11 peopl. A wedding hall in nearby Beit Hanina was also destroyed.

During the demolitions, clashes erupted between crowds of Palestinian youths and Israeli forces.

Israeli police fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds. Seven were injured and 15 arrested.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the UN said that Israeli forces ordered the demolition of 80 more houses in the Silwan neighborhood.
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