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Palestinian families evicted from homes

Israeli police have evicted two Palestinian families from an east Jerusalem neighbourhood, says UN spokesman.

JERUSALEM // A United Nations spokesman says Israeli police have evicted two Palestinian families from an east Jerusalem neighbourhood. Police arrived before dawn and cordoned off the area before forcibly removing the families, totalling more than 50 people, Chris Gunness, a spokesman for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), said. Mr Gunness said UN staff later saw a bus bringing in Jewish settlers to occupy the homes.

Israeli police cited a ruling by the country's Supreme Court that the houses legally belonged to Jews and were taken over by Arab families. The international community has pressured Israel to refrain from evicting Palestinians in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967. Palestinians want the area for their future capital. * AP