JERUSALEM, October 25 (JMCC) - Israeli army and police descended on Silwan
neighborhood in Jerusalem
Sunday, distributing notices that more homes would be demolished in the threatened neighborhood.
Residents said that engineers also photographed homes from various angles, raising fears that the 88 houses already slated for demolition would soon be razed.
All these houses are located at the entrance to the neighborhood and thus constitute a sign of starting demolitions, said Fakhri Abu Diab, head of the local citizen's committee. He said that once the initial houses are gone, bulldozing equipment can easily be moved into the neighborhood to finish the job.
Clashes broke out with residents pelting Israeli soldiers with stones. The soldiers responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, said residents. One child was mildly injured in the head.
Similar clashes broke out last week in Silwan, with 13 Palestinians injured.
The neighborhood of Silwan sits adjacent to Jerusalem's holy sites. The city plans to build an archeological park in place of the crowded residential community.