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Israeli Arab Villagers Riot As Police Destroy Their Homes

Police fired tear gas and wielded clubs to disperse rioting youths in this Israeli Arab village, where 15 illegally built houses were destroyed by bulldozers Monday.

Police reported four Taiba residents were injured, while local sources put the number of injured at 20. There were two arrests.

The demolition orders were issued by the Interior Ministry to enforce planning and construction laws.

Residents had constructed the buildings on agricultural land without permits, after the High Court of Justice twice rejected appeals by Taiba residents.

Taiba, near the Jewish city of Kfar Sava, has a population of about 25,000.