Israeli forces demolish two Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem

Palestine

Published: 2017-08-15 12:22

Last Updated: 2017-08-15 13:13


Israeli forces demolish a Palestinian home in Isawiya, East Jerusalem. (Screengrab)
Israeli forces demolish a Palestinian home in Isawiya, East Jerusalem. (Screengrab)
Roya News Source

Israeli occupation forces demolished a Palestinian-owned home in the occupied East Jerusaealm neighborhood of Silwan, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The demolition took place under the pretext of construction without a permit, making it the second home to be demolished by Israeli forces in Jerusalem since Tuesday morning.

WAFA correspondent reported that Israeli police and border police forces broke into Silwan and cordoned off the area, before proceeding to demolish the house of Abu Hamed Abusneneh, a local Palestinian.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem demolished a two-story building in the neighborhood of al-Isawiya, also under the pretext of construction without a permit.

The bulldozers demolished a building containing shops on the ground level, and apartments on the second story.

Sources told Ma’an news that the apartments were being inhabited by Palestinian families, though it remained unclear how many people were displaced as a result of the demolitions.

Israeli authorities have reportedly stepped up issuing demolition warrants for Palestinians in East Jerusalem in recent months.

According to UN documentation, as of July 31, 96 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished by Israel in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year, displacing at least 166 Palestinians. A total of 190 Palestinian buildings were demolished in East Jerusalem in 2016.