Ma'an News Agency
October 27, 2009 - 12:00am

Two Israeli soldiers were injured in a rock-throwing incident as they participated in a home demolition on Tuesday morning in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to local sources, Israeli military forces and a demolition crew from the Jerusalem Municipality entered the East Jerusalem village of Sur Bahir, south of the Old City, and destroyed the two-story house of Nimir Ali Nimir. The 300 square meter house was home to 11 people.

Outraged at the destruction of the house, stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators confronted the Israeli officers, mildly injuring two.

Israeli authorities said that the house was built with out a construction permit from the Israeli-controlled municipality. Palestinian residents of Jerusalem say the permits are nearly impossible to obtain.

Meanwhile, in the in As-Salam neighborhood in East Jerusalem, bulldozers demolished a 60 square meter house owned by Khamis At-Tahhan, which housed nine members of his family.

Residents say Israel has demolished the same house twice before, also citing a lack of building permits, but the owner continues to re-build in defiance of the discriminatory laws.


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