Middle East

Clashes over illegal Arab building in Israel, 1 killed

  • Bedouin women sit outside a demolished structure in the southern village of Umm al-Hiran, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Israeli police say an Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel over a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes. Local residents say police used excessive force to remove protesters, including live fire, and Amnesty International called for a probe into reports of police brutality. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Bedouin women sit outside a demolished structure in the southern village of Umm al-Hiran, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Israeli police say an Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel over a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes. Local residents say police used excessive force to remove protesters, including live fire, and Amnesty International called for a probe into reports of police brutality. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bedouin women sit outside a demolished structure in the southern village of Umm al-Hiran, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Israeli police say an Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel over a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes. Local residents say police used excessive force to remove protesters, including live fire, and Amnesty International called for a probe into reports of police brutality. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Bedouin women sit outside a demolished structure in the southern village of Umm al-Hiran, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Israeli police say an Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel over a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes. Local residents say police used excessive force to remove protesters, including live fire, and Amnesty International called for a probe into reports of police brutality. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Israeli police officer walks in the southern village of Umm al-Hiran, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Israeli police say an Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel over a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes. Local residents say police used excessive force to remove protesters, including live fire, and Amnesty International called for a probe into reports of police brutality. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    An Israeli police officer walks in the southern village of Umm al-Hiran, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Israeli police say an Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel over a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes. Local residents say police used excessive force to remove protesters, including live fire, and Amnesty International called for a probe into reports of police brutality. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)  (The Associated Press)

At least one Israeli Arab has been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators in southern Israel during a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says a local man tried to ram his vehicle into forces deployed to the Um al-Hiran village Wednesday. He says the troops opened fire and killed him, and that further clashes ensued.

Local residents say police used excessive force to remove protesters, including live fire. Arab lawmaker Ayman Odeh was wounded in the clashes, along with several others.

Arabs make up a fifth of Israel's population. They enjoy full citizenship but frequently face unfair treatment in areas like jobs and housing.

The Israeli government recently vowed to crack down harder on illegal Arab construction.