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Jerusalem family forced to remove caravans on debris of ruined home

Nov. 11, 2013 7:52 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 12, 2013 6:13 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian family on Monday disassembled and removed their mobile homes in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem upon orders by the Israeli municipality, a family member said.

Afif Castero told Ma'an that municipality inspectors arrived Monday morning and took photos of two caravans and a room made of bricks before they ordered his family to remove them immediately.

The inspectors, he explained, told the family the tin houses must be removed before Tuesday morning "otherwise municipality teams will remove them and the family will have to pay the bill."

The pretext was construction without license.

Castero highlighted that his family moved to live in caravans after Israeli bulldozers demolished the family’s two-story building in February because it was built without license from the municipality.

He added that his family started the procedures to obtain license for installing tin houses, but the Israeli municipality turned down their application.

The caravans and the brick room were used to shelter 27 family members of Afif Castero and his brothers Ayman and Salih. According to Afif Castero, the caravans and the brick room cost the family 270,000 shekels. The family also paid more than 25,000 shekels to lawyers in an attempt to obtain a license to install the caravans on the wreckage of the family house.

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