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Israeli forces use excessive violence towards Silwan residents

Aug. 29, 2018 5:22 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 12:20 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured at least eight Palestinians, including three pregnant women, and detained three others from the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, while demolishing a printing house, on Wednesday.

Local eyewitnesses told Ma'an that a large number of Israeli forces and police escorting staff members of the Jerusalem Municipality stormed the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan.

Israeli forces surrounded the printing house before bulldozers began the demolition under the pretext that it was built without the nearly impossible-to-obtain Israeli building permit.

The demolished printing house belonged to Palestinian resident, Omar Siyam, who confirmed that the facility was established over 15 years ago.

Siyam noted that the municipality issued a demolition order against the building earlier this month, to which Siam and his lawyer responded by submitting an objection. However, the municipality did not respond to the objection nor deliver another demolition notice as a warning.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center, in the neighborhood, said that Israeli forces were deployed across Silwan preventing residents from movement, whether by foot or using a vehicle; they also sealed a main road.

Clashes erupted following the demolition, during which Israeli forces assaulted several Palestinian residents, among whom were girls, women, and elderly, by beating and pushing them.

The center added that Israeli forces showered residents with sound and tear-gas bombs, in addition to firing live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Dr. Haitham Yaghmour, director of the Ein al-Luza Medical Center, confirmed that eight residents were injured; several of them suffered injuries by rubber-coated steel bullets, while others suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

Yaghmour pointed out that among the injured were three pregnant women, who were present at the medical center to receive checkups when Israeli forces broke in and raided the center.

All of the injured were later transferred to a hospital to receive medical treatment.

Yaghmour added that Israeli forces attacked medical teams who were providing first aid to the injured in the field; they suffered bruising.

Additionally, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians during the clashes; they were identified as Ahmad Samrin, Izz Samrin and Tareq Ruwadi.

The two videos below show how Israeli forces treated residents of the Silwan neighborhood:

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