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Palestine: 45 dunums of Palestinian land seized in east J’lem & clashes after soldiers after arrest of three minors

“Israel” decides to seize more 45 dunums of Palestinian land east J’lem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli interior ministry decided to appropriate 45 dunums of land in Shuafat town northeast of occupied Jerusalem to expand a road connecting settlements.

The new annexed land will be used to expand road 21 in order to connect the settlements Reches Shuafat and Ramat Shlomo with Ramot settlement.

Earlier, the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) had issued a decision to annex 117 dunums of land in Shuafat and Beit Hanina to the east of Jerusalem in order to expand road 21 after Ramat Shlomo settlers requested the expansion of construction in these settlements.

Road 21, if expanded, would dismember Shuafat and Beit Hanina districts, isolate parts of these districts from each other and disconnect Shuafat from its “western area,” which Israel’s settlement activities had already devoured a large part of it as well.

For its part, the civic coalition for Palestinian rights in Jerusalem stated on Saturday that the Israeli regime must stop immediately its settlement expansion activities in east Jerusalem, for they clearly violate the international law, especially the fourth Geneva convention.

The coalition called on the UN and the European union to shoulder their responsibilities and protect the rights of the Palestinians under occupation in Jerusalem.

“The Palestinians living in Jerusalem city must be free to make their own decisions and develop their own zoning and building plans and laws, and they must not abide by the laws, plans and legislations created by the occupation authorities,” the coalition underlined.

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Inhabitants of Beit Ummar clash with IOF soldiers after arrest of three minors

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Palestinian young men in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, engaged Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at the entrance to the village after arrest of three minors.

Mohammed Awad, the spokesman of the village’s popular committee against the wall, said that IOF soldiers stormed the village and detained three youngsters 16 and 17 years old.

He said that youths in the village threw stones at the IOF soldiers who retaliated by firing rubber bullets and teargas, adding that many youngsters were treated for breathing problems.

Awad underlined that IOF soldiers rounded up 34 inhabitants from the village since the start of 2013 including 16 minors.

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