Some 300 residents of the Wadi Ara region of central Israel clashed with police on Friday when they blocked Route 65 at the Katzir Junction in protest of a home demolition earlier in the week at the entrance to the village of Barta'a.

Police stated that protesters began throwing stones, prompting officers to employ the use of tear gas to disperse the protest.

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Police arrested two demonstrators for allegedly attacking officers.

No injuries were reported among police or demonstrators.

The house which was demolished, sparking the protest, was built without a permit.

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