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Silwan: Toddler hit by police car during clashes

Dec. 27, 2010 11:18 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 28, 2010 5:08 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – An Israeli police patrol car hit a five-year-old Palestinian girl while on rounds of the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday, locals said, causing light injuries that sent the child to hospital.

According to Wad Hilweh Information Center, the incident followed fierce clashes between Palestinian teenagers and Israeli forces.

The clashes were prompted, locals said, by large numbers of Israeli police officers deployed in the neighborhood ahead of what residents feared would be the eviction of the home of Abdullah Abu Nab, which settlers have claimed belongs to Jewish groups.

Also expected Sunday, was the eviction of Beit Yonatan, a settler home built without a permit and occupied by members of the group Ateret Cohanim in 2003. A court battle raged over the home all day, with court officials effectively postponing the eviction by one day.

Police in the neighborhood detained several young men Sunday morning, with two remaining in detention. The Shwieki brothers, Firas, 25, and Anan, 15, were detained and remain held in Administrative Detention, remanded for 24 hours with court appearances set for Monday.

Witnesses said the teenager and his older brother were detained at the entrance to Wadi Hilwa, where police had erected a checkpoint and denied them access to the neighborhood. One witness, who preferred not to be named, said he saw police hitting the older brother as the two were brought into police custody.
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