Palestinian arrested after being hit by Israeli jeep in Silwan

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a young Palestinian from Silwan after hitting him with a military Jeep.

Local witnesses said the Israeli military detained Ali Sabri Abu Diab, 15, from Silwan, for unknown reasons.

Israeli forces also raided a solidarity sit-in tent in Silwan after Friday noon prayers which caused tension leading to confrontations between the police and citizens, locals said.

No Israeli spokesperson was available for comment.

The tent is part of the popular struggle against housing demolitions and forced displacement in East Jerusalem.

Silwan is a frequent flashpoint for confrontations due to the presence of Israeli settlers who have displaced Palestinian Jerusalemites from their homes.

Settlers receive Israeli government support and protection.

East Jerusalem has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

(www.maannews.net / 24.06.2011)

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