View of a shop that was demolished by Israeli authorities in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, on June 29, 2021. (Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90)
The United States called on Israel to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, said Deputy Spokesperson of the US Department of State, Jalina Porter, on Wednesday.
“We believe it is important to refrain from any steps that may increase tensions and make diplomatic agreements more difficult, and this also applies to home demolitions,” Porter said in a press conference.
Israeli forces accompanied by bulldozers entered the Palestinian neighborhood and destroyed a butcher’s shop in Silwan. Soldiers used tear gas and batons to push back residents and Palestinian activists as they carried out the demolition.
At least four Palestinians were injured in the confrontations, according to the Palestine Red Crescent.
Israeli forces also fired rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse angry Palestinians amid calls through mosque loudspeakers for residents to gather to protect their homes, witnesses said.