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Over 200 Palestinian protesters clashed with Border Police officers Sunday evening near a Jewish area in the eat Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.RELATED:
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Protesters against the decision to destroy 22 homes hurled stones at police officers and Motolov cocktails at a Jewish home.
Israeli security guards that were positioned in the area began to shot
in the air in efforts to control the angry mob but they failed.
Border Security Police forces that were called to the east Jerusalem
neighborhood were also stoned. The forces began to spray tear gas to
disperse the crowds.
Six Border Police officers were wounded when hit by stones, and
Palestinian witnesses said a number of the women on their side suffered
from tear gas inhalation after the Israeli forces began firing into
Protests in the area have been common since the announcement last week
of preliminary approval for an east Jerusalem redevelopment plan that
involves 22 house demolitions in the city’s Silwan neighborhood.
The plan, which passed an initial hearing in the municipality’s Local
Planning and Construction Committee, focuses on the El- Bustan, or Gan
Hamelech (King’s Garden), section of the neighborhood, where 88 homes
that were built without proper permits and are considered illegal by the
city will be divided into two groups and either retroactively
legalized, or demolished to make way for the restoration of parkland –
for which the entire area was originally zoned.