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Israel demolishes mosque walls in Jerusalem's Shufat camp

June 26, 2014 1:12 P.M. (Updated: June 27, 2014 3:38 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday demolished the walls of a mosque under construction in Shufat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, a camp spokesman said.

Israeli soldiers escorted a bulldozer from Jerusalem's municipality to the camp and destroyed the foundation of the mosque.

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.

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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