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Published on Aug 2, 2009
2 August 2009
Israeli security forces have forcibily evicted two Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem after a court rejected an appeal against their eviction.
The al-Ghawi and al-Hanoun families who were evicted on Sunday have been living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood since 1956.
Israel has reportedly set aside the land their houses were built on for a planned hotel project.
The eviction comes amid international calls for Israel to halt settlement activity on occupied Palestinian land.
A large police force was involved in the operation in Sheikh Jarrah, one of the most sensitive and upmarket Arab neighbourhoods closest to the so-called Green Line which separates east and west Jerusalem.
Sherine Tadros, Al Jazeeras correspondent in East Jerusalem, said: According to the Hanoun family, the members that I have spoken to, at about 6am as they were sleeping inside the house, Israeli police officers broke in and we can see the shattered glass all over the floor outside.
They say that the police were armed and they forcibly evicted both the international activists that were staying at the house and members of the family themselves.
Members of the family say the police officers beat them with batons and children as young as six were man-handled scuffles were seen and heard between the police and the two families trying to get back into their houses, she said.
Tadros said the international activists were arrested and personal items belonging to the families such as cameras, laptops and computers have all been confiscated.