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Israeli police injure 9 Palestinians

6 May 2010 5:46

Israeli police have attacked the Palestinian residents of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, injuring nine people.

Israeli police forces fired rubber bullets and tea gas canisters at the Palestinians, who were protesting against illegal settlements. One Palestinian was lightly injured after being hit by a military jeep.

The injured were treated at a local clinic, medical sources said, adding that they were treating rubber bullet wounds and respiratory problems resulting from tear gas.

On April 24, clashes erupted between Palestinians and extremist Israelis who had launched a pro-settler rally in the al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan. The on-site medics said at least 30 Palestinians and two doctors were injured by Israeli fire.

The Silwan neighborhood is the site of ongoing demolitions of Palestinian homes and evictions of the families. An EU report issued in December 2009 said that the area has received the least planning permits by Israel’s Jerusalem al-Quds Municipality since Israel occupied the neighborhood in 1967.

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