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13 Palestinians shot in clashes after house demolition in Shufat camp

Dec. 2, 2015 3:20 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 3, 2015 12:35 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured 13 Palestinians in the Shufat refugee camp on Wednesday during clashes which broke out after the demolition of the home of camp resident Ibrahim al-Akkari, who carried out a deadly attack in Jerusalem last year.

The Palestinian Red Crescent in Jerusalem told Ma’an that a total of 43 Palestinians were given medical treatment following the clashes that erupted in the occupied East Jerusalem camp.

Thirteen were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, while 30 others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation, the Red Crescent said.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment on the clashes.

Earlier in the day, locals told Ma’an that more than 1,200 Israeli soldiers accompanied by Israeli police raided the camp, preventing the movement of residents inside while sealing roads leading out of Shufat.

The forces were sent in to secure the area before the demolition of the family home of Ibrahim al-Akkari, who was shot dead after he drove his car into a light rail stop in Jerusalem on Nov. 5, 2014, killing an Israeli soldier and injuring 13 others.

A 60-year-old Palestinian later succumbed to wounds sustained during the attack.

Several punitive demolitions have been carried out on the homes of Palestinian perpetrators of attacks since Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu made moves in October to expedite the punitive demolition process.

Israeli rights group Hamoked -- which assisted the al-Akkari family in appealing the demolition -- has fought several of the recent demolitions, arguing they increase hostility against Israel, do not deter future attacks, and punish innocent family members.

Demolitions often damage neighboring homes. Such destruction is likely in the Shufat refugee camp, where around 25,000 Palestinians live under cramped conditions.

The camp has been site to frequent clashes over the past two months, with two Palestinian shot dead during clashes in the camp in October.

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