Dozens of Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces who used force to stop angry protests in the East al-Quds (Jerusalem) against new Israeli demolition plans.
Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian teenagers and youth late on Sunday in the Aiyn al-Louzam, al-Rajabi, and Bir Ayoub quarters in the middle of Silwan neighborhood, Ma’an news agency reported.
The violence came on the heels of a move by Israeli settlers who took over a Palestinian home in the area.
Israeli forces deployed in the area faced angry Palestinian protesters who pelted their patrols with stones.
Additional forces of undercover units were sent to the scene, firing rubber bullets, tear-gas canisters and stun grenades to disperse the protesters.
Witnesses said Israeli troops and armed settlers also used live ammunition and tear-gas against the Palestinians.
The incident came on the third consecutive day of clashes in Silwan where Israeli authorities have approved a plan to demolish 22 Palestinian homes to make room for a historical park.
The United Nations earlier expressed concern over the demolitions in the flashpoint neighborhood, denouncing the move as illegal under international law.