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Israeli bulldozers demolish Palestinian home in East Jerusalem

March 19, 2014 1:13 P.M. (Updated: March 20, 2014 10:27 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a house in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem early Wednesday, the homeowner's family said.

Without prior warning, Israeli military forces surrounded the Beit Hanina property, blockaded the home of Badwan Salaymah while he and his family were absent, and proceeded to tear the house down, Salaymah's brother said.

Israeli municipality officials then issued Salaymah a demolishing bill of 110,000 shekels ($32,000), which he will be unable to pay, Marwan Salaymah said.

He said the house was built of tin and iron on a plot of 70 square meters.

The Jerusalem municipality also demolished two houses owned by Salaymah in May 2013, he added.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
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