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Israel: Thousands of Arab Israelis protest against home demolitions02:04

Israel: Thousands of Arab Israelis protest against home demolitions

Israel, Ar'ara
January 22, 2017 at 00:10 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of Arab Israelis demonstrated in the town of Ar'ara in northern Israel, Saturday, protesting against government-ordered home demolitions in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran.

The protesters blocked the main highway in the area, chanted and held banners denouncing the recent wave of demolitions.

The Israeli police forces responded by deploying water cannons in an attempt to disperse the protest.

The demonstration was also instigated by violence that occurred on Wednesday, when Israeli police officers shot dead a Palestinian man, who they allege tried to ram them with his car during a protest against the demolition in Umm al-Hiran. Despite shooting dead the driver, the car struck at least one officer, who later died of his injuries.

Israel: Thousands of Arab Israelis protest against home demolitions02:04
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Thousands of Arab Israelis demonstrated in the town of Ar'ara in northern Israel, Saturday, protesting against government-ordered home demolitions in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran.

The protesters blocked the main highway in the area, chanted and held banners denouncing the recent wave of demolitions.

The Israeli police forces responded by deploying water cannons in an attempt to disperse the protest.

The demonstration was also instigated by violence that occurred on Wednesday, when Israeli police officers shot dead a Palestinian man, who they allege tried to ram them with his car during a protest against the demolition in Umm al-Hiran. Despite shooting dead the driver, the car struck at least one officer, who later died of his injuries.

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