10 Palestinians injured as Israeli soldiers demolish West Bank house

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Ramallah (West Bank), Dec 15 (IANS) At least 10 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers after the latter demolished a West Bank house that belonged to a family of a Palestinian who allegedly killed a soldier earlier this year, the media reported on Saturday.

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers surrounded the house that belonged to the family of Islam Abu Hmaid, accused of killing soldier Ronen Lubarsky after he was hit with an object during an Israeli operation in Al-Amari refugee camp in May, according to the Palestinian state-run news agency WAFA.

Dozens of Palestinian activists and some international activists were waiting inside the house in a bid to prevent the house demolition, Efe news reported.

Soldiers forced the activists to vacate the building and then destroyed it using explosives.

Clashes erupted in the process between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, who used teargas and rubber bullets, causing injuries to over 10 Palestinians who were taken to a Ramallah hospital, a Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman said.

An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment on the demolition of the house, saying that it was still an ongoing operation.

Al-Amari camp is located in the West Bank Area A, in which Israel does not have administrative or security control as per the Oslo II Accord.

–IANS

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