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Watch: Israeli bulldozers destroy 5 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

Feb. 18, 2014 10:18 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 22, 2014 9:55 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out in East Jerusalem neighborhoods on Feb. 5 as Israeli bulldozers demolished five Palestinian homes.

Video footage shows Israeli police hurling tear gas canisters at Palestinian protesters, who throw rocks in response as houses crumble to the ground in the background.

On the day of the demolitions, Israel announced plans to construct over 550 new settler homes in East Jerusalem.

Israel destroyed more than 663 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013, displacing 1,101 people, according to UNOCHA.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

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