JERUSALEM, May 1, 2012 (WAFA) – Crews from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem accompanied by police and border guards Tuesday handed several residents in al-Bustan area of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan house demolition notices, according to a local activist.
Fakhri Abu Diab, head of the Committee for the Defense of Silwan, said the police sealed off the area as municipality crews handed several shops and homes demolition orders.
Residents clashed with the police throwing rocks and empty glass bottles at them. Police fired acoustic bombs and tear gas canisters at the Palestinians.
The municipality aims to demolish the entire al-Bustan area, which has about 88 buildings housing about 1600 Palestinians, in order to build a park on its ruins.