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East Jerusalem home demolished; Israel to build new road in its place

Nov. 18, 2008 5:05 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 18, 2008 5:05 P.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - Israeli forces demolished the home of Jamal Dahoud Abu Sneineh in the Al-Isawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Troops of Israeli police and military border guards descended on the area in the early afternoon and closed off the streets. A number of armed guards entered the home and threatened the Abu Sneineh family at gunpoint to leave the home or they would be shot.

The Israeli army forcibly pushed back bystanders and forbid anyone to approach the area as the bulldozer went to work on the building.

Abu Sneineh said Israeli officials notified him that his home would be demolished because it was too close to the Hebrew University and the municipality wanted to build a road on the site where his home is.

Israeli police demolished three houses in Silwan and one in the Shu'afat neighborhood on 5 November, provoking clashes with Palestinian youths that left seven injured. Fifteen people were arrested.

Ninety-seven other houses are slated for demolition in the Al-Bustan area of Silwan.

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