Hamas demolishes homes, beats residents in Rafah (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ELHANAN MILLER 03/27/12)
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Citizens decry police brutality, government unfairness in their
The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip recently violently evicted
residents and demolished homes it claims were illegally constructed
on government land in the city of Rafah, Dubai-based news channel Al-
Arabiya reported Monday.
According to the report, on March 21 a number of government
bulldozers razed the makeshift homes, located in the southern Gaza
Strip. Security officers on the scene beat the evicted residents and
prevented media from covering the event. Mobile phones were
confiscated from citizens who privately filmed the demolition and the
photos deleted before being returned to their owners.
One resident who tried to resist his eviction told Al-Arabiya that
the womenís police brutally beat his wife and mother before forcing
them out of the home and destroying it. The man said he had documents
proving his ownership of the land.
Ibrahim Radwan, head of Gazaís Land Authority, told the station that
residents were warned by the government before their homes were
demolished, and would be compensated if they had been squatting on
the land since before October 2010. He added that the housing
ministry was considering building them alternative housing projects.
(© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 03/27/12)
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