On Wednesday, Deputy Spokesperson of the US Department of State, Jalina Porter, said the United States called on Israel to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.
“We believe it is important to refrain from any steps that may increase tensions and make diplomatic agreements more difficult, and this also applies to home demolitions,” Porter said in a press conference.
Israeli forces accompanied by bulldozers entered the Palestinian neighborhood and destroyed a butcher’s shop in Silwan. Soldiers used tear gas and batons to push back residents and Palestinian activists as they carried out the demolition.
Occupation army vehicles and equipment demolished a shop in Al-Bustan neighborhood- Silwan, owned by Palestinian citizen Nidal Al-Rajabi, and it is among 20 houses threatened with demolition by the occupation. pic.twitter.com/MjAk8JR6Sm
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At least four Palestinians were injured in the confrontations, according to the Palestine Red Crescent.
Israeli forces also fired rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse angry Palestinians amid calls through mosque loudspeakers for residents to gather to protect their homes, witnesses said.