Israeli police detain a Palestinian man after a forced eviction of a Palestinian family from their home in East Jerusalem on Tuesday after a long legal battle over ownership, in Jerusalem September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said it would seek to support the family financially to find another home.Palestinians say the evictions aim to increase occupied East Jerusalem's Jewish population and change the area's demography, making it harder to divide the city in any eventual peace deal. Israel says it is merely enforcing the law.During that war, thousands of Jews fled Jerusalem as Jordanian-led Arab forces seized the city, while hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled from land that was later to become Israel.Around 200,000 Israeli Jews now live in East Jerusalem in settlement homes considered illegal under international law.WAFA, a Palestinian news agency, said Jewish settler groups are also aiming to evict 45 other Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on similar legal grounds.
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