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In video - Israeli forces violently suppress peaceful protest in Lod City

Nov. 27, 2018 12:27 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 13, 2019 2:12 P.M.)
LOD (Ma'an) -- Israeli police forces detained 11 Palestinians, on Monday, during a peaceful protest against Israel’s demolition campaign in the city of Lod, in central Israel.

According to local sources, dozens of Palestinians participated in the protest and blocked the main road in the center of Lod City.

Sources added that large numbers of Israeli police forces were deployed across the area and attempted to suppress the protesters, leading to clashes.

The protesters claimed that the Israeli police forces provoked them, although it was a peaceful protest, and used force against them.

The Israeli police said in a statement that they had detained 11 Palestinians on charges of “disrupting the peace,” which is a offense that occurs when a person engages in some "form of disorderly conduct, such as fighting or causing excessively loud noise."

The statement also mentioned that protesters attacked the police forces and injured one policeman; his injuries were reported as minor.

The protest comes after Israeli bulldozers demolished a three-storey building in Lod City, leaving an entire Palestinian family homeless.

The demolition was carried out under the pretext of being built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit, however, nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits are denied by the Israeli authorities.

The difficulty for Palestinians in Israel to obtain building permits forces them to expand or build homes and structures without permits, which are liable to later be torn down.
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