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Clashes in Abu Dis following Israeli house demolition

Oct. 22, 2013 12:45 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 9:36 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out overnight Monday and continued into Tuesday morning after Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian home in the Jerusalem town of Abu Dis, locals said.

Israeli bulldozers accompanied by over 30 military vehicles surrounded the home, located near Al-Quds University, before demolishing the two-story property on the pretext that it was unlicensed.

The home belonged to the Abu Snainah and Bader families.

Israeli forces issued a demolition order for the property in June, locals said.

Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli forces following the demolition, with soldiers firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The clashes continued into Tuesday morning, with Israeli forces closing the main roads leading to the demolished property and declaring it a closed military zone.

The administration of Al-Quds University suspended classes on Tuesday after Israeli forces closed off the area. Another two schools in Abu Dis were also forced to suspend classes due to the presence of Israeli military forces.

Israeli forces detained at least four people during the clashes, locals said. Amro Erekat and Ismael Halbiya were detained and assaulted by Israeli undercover officers, witnesses said.

Israel has destroyed more than 500 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and mostly East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, displacing 862 people, according to OCHA.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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