Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Israeli bulldozers demolish homes in Hebron-area refugee camp


HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers early Wednesday demolished two houses in a refugee camp in the southern West Bank, a local popular committee spokesman said.

Ahmad Abu al-Khayzaran told Ma'an that bulldozers under Israeli army protection entered al-Arrub refugee camp near Hebron and demolished two houses belonging to Hilmi Abu Ghazi and Hasan Abu Ghazi.

The demolitions are still ongoing, Abu al-Khayzaran said.

Clashes broke out between Israeli troops and local youths at the scene, who threw stones as soldiers fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Several residents of al-Arrub suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation, Abu al-Khayzaran said.

Locals told Ma'an that three Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets.

An Israeli army spokesman told Ma'an that there was Israeli "Civil Administration activity" in the area. Soldiers were stationed at the scene, he said.

The spokesman said that 200 Palestinians gathered in the area, and that about 50 of them hurled stones at soldiers and Civil Administration officials.

Soldiers "fired a rubber pellet at a main instigator," who was hit and taken to a hospital by the Red Crescent. more

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