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4 Palestinians arrested during clashes in Sheikh Jarrah

Police say rocks, fireworks launched toward officers in flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood as near-nightly demonstrations persist

Illustrative: Border Police officers guard near a Jewish home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on June 22, 2021. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)
Illustrative: Border Police officers guard near a Jewish home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on June 22, 2021. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)

Four Palestinians were arrested during clashes that broke out in the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah Tuesday night.

Dozens of people gathered in the neighborhood protest the impending eviction of Palestinian families. Some threw rocks and shot fireworks at officers, police said.

The four were arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace and were taken for questioning, police said.

Officers used riot dispersal methods to clear protesters from the area, which has seen nearly nightly demonstrations and arrests.

The clashes came hours after police removed heavy concrete blocks used as bollards placed in the neighborhood following a ramming attack on a makeshift police post there last month.

Sheikh Jarrah has been a flashpoint of tensions in recent months, due to a series of pending evictions of multiple Palestinian families living there. Israeli Jews backed by far right organizations have claimed the properties under a 1970 law mandating the transfer of homes held by Jordan into Israeli hands.

 

The looming evictions have sparked widespread anger among Palestinians and Arab Israelis and international condemnation, and were blamed in part for the conflict between Hamas and Israel last month in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier Tuesday, three people were arrested during clashes between Palestinians and police during the demolition of a butcher shop in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

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