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Shufat residents protest home demolitions, clash with police

Nov. 2, 2013 11:13 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 3, 2013 10:31 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out in East Jerusalem late Friday between Israeli police and young Palestinian men protesting against home demolitions, witnesses told Ma'an.

Israeli police fired tear gas grenades, sound bombs, and rubber bullets at demonstrators gathered near the checkpoint at the entrance of Shufat refugee camp, locals said.

Witnesses added that some of the protestors broke through the checkpoint, throwing a Molotov cocktail and burning car tires.

Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an that he had not received reports of the incident.

On Thursday, Israeli municipality officials issued demolition orders for the homes of over 15,000 Palestinians in the nearby East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ras Khamis and Ras Shahada.

Shufat is the only Palestinian refugee camp within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem and is administered by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

In December 2011, Israeli authorities instated at the entrance of the camp a checkpoint which limits the access of Shufat's 45,000 residents to the rest of Jerusalem.

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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