Jerusalem Police prepare for Silwan demolition disturbances

June 23, 2010 15:29


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Police in Jerusalem have begun preparations for "widespread disturbances" that are expected to follow the demolition of illegal homes in Silwan, east Jerusalem, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Ahronovitch told the Knesset on Wednesday.

Police expect the unrest to spread to "beyond the [Silwan] area, and this creates a need for special preperations," Ahronovitch added.

The comments were made in response to a question by Knesset Member Uri Ariel (National Union), who claimed that police only provide assistance to the Jerusalem Municipality when it came to demolishing illegal Jewish homes such as Bet Yehonatan."

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