EAST JERUSALEM, Israel, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The United States condemns Israel's eviction of nine Palestinian families from two East Jerusalem houses, a government spokesman said.
Washington called the evictions not in keeping with Israel's obligations to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Jewish settlers promptly moved into the houses, the BBC reported.
The United Nations, the Palestinians and the British government also condemned the removal of 53 people from the houses.
"Israel is once again showing its utter failure to respect international law," Saeb Erakat, a senior Palestinian negotiator, said. "New settlers from abroad are accommodating themselves and their belongings in the Palestinian houses and 19 newly homeless children will have nowhere to sleep."
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Jewish families owned the land and police in riot gear cleared the properties before dawn Sunday.