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Sheikh Jarrah Palestinian residents take turns guarding their homes

Tensions have escalated in the east Jerusalem neighborhood.
Israeli forces stand guard as machinery clean the ruins of the Palestinian Salhiya family's house, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, Jerusalem, Jan. 19, 2022.

Amid the Israeli authorities’ repeated attempts to evict the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem so they can demolish their homes and build settlement units, Jerusalemite families in the neighborhood have been taking turns guarding their homes around the clock, for fear of attacks by extremist settlers and the Israeli army.

But despite the locals’ efforts, Israeli police managed to evict Palestinian families from a disputed property in the neighborhood Jan. 19. 

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