INTERNATIONAL

Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes

Israeli forces began demolishing homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem in the face of Palestinian protests and international criticism.

Bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli soldiers and police moved in to "Sur Baher" a Palestinian village on the edge of East Jerusalem in an area that Israel captured and occupied in the 1967 Middle East War.

Palestinians fear that the razing of village buildings near the fence will set a precedent for other towns along the route of the barrier which runs for hundreds of kilometres around and through the Israeli-Occupied West Bank.

Israel's Supreme Court ruled in June that the structures violated a construction ban. The deadline for residents to remove the buildings expired on Friday.

)