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In photos - Israeli settlers seize Palestinian home in East Jerusalem

March 5, 2019 4:37 P.M. (Updated: March 7, 2019 3:35 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers seized a Palestinian home belonging to the al-Halabi family, on Tuesday, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

A Ma'an reporter said that Israeli settlers raided the al-Halabi family home, where an elderly Palestinian couple lives and who were out shopping for groceries at the time; the couple was thrown out by settlers upon arrival.

Palestinian youths attempted to defend the home from seizure, however, Israeli police forces assaulted them and fired tear-gas bombs towards them.

Sources confirmed that Israeli forces detained five of the youths. Their identity remained unknown.

Additionally, the Israeli settlers who seized the home, pepper sprayed Palestinian residents and students, resulting in a number of severe suffocation cases.

Sources also mentioned that home is located in a Palestinian-owned building, which is divided into four ownerships. Two belong to the al-Alami family, the third belongs to the Eshteiyeh family, and the fourth belongs to the al-Halabi family (amounts up to 40%) and measures 100-square-meters.

It is noteworthy that 60% of the al-Alami and Eshteiyeh ownership was previously seized by Israeli settlers as part of Israel’s settlement expansion plan.

The fate of Jerusalem has been a focal point of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades, with numerous tensions arising over Israeli threats regarding the status of non-Jewish religious sites in the city, and the "Judaization" of East Jerusalem through settlement construction and mass demolitions of Palestinian homes.

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