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The European Union's Swedish presidency on Monday criticized Israel's recent evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, calling them "unacceptable" and illegal.

The presidency "reiterates its serious concern about the continued and unacceptable evictions in East Jerusalem, notably the evictions by Israeli authorities of two families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on Sunday," a statement said.

"House demolitions, evictions and settlement activities in East Jerusalem are illegal under international law. In addition, the actions taken by the Israeli government contravene repeated calls by the international community...to refrain from any provocative actions in East Jerusalem," the statement said.

Sweden took over the EU's rotating presidency on July 1 and is set to hold it until the end of the year.

The new round of evictions "confirm a worrying trend that runs counter to the creation of an atmosphere conducive to achieving a viable and credible solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians," the Swedish statement said.