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Forces demolish home in Jerusalem village

Jan. 24, 2012 2:20 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 24, 2012 8:37 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian home in East Jerusalem village Anata early Tuesday, the owner told Ma'an.

Ahmad Omar said troops and bulldozers surrounded his house in the al-Fheidat neighborhood at dawn, and summoned his relatives to empty the house contents.

The soldiers razed his home at 3 a.m., near the Anatot Israeli military camp and surrounded by Israeli settlements Maale Adummim and Pisgat Zeev.

His lawyer Husaam Younes said Omar received a notice of demolition only three days prior, failing to allow time for the legal work to save the home.

Israeli forces said the home was built without a permit, he added.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says because of inadequate zoning and planning for Palestinians, obtaining a building permit from the Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem is almost impossible.

In the Jordan Valley, meanwhile, Israeli forces demolished ten buildings in the village of al-Auja on Monday, residents told Ma'an.

The soldiers leveled new shops being constructed at the village's northern entrance, belonging to residents Diab Abdul Hamid, Nujom and Yasser Abdul Rahman, Muhammad Abdul Rahman and Fesal Hussein.

The owners told Ma'an the demolitions inflicted a serious loss on the Jericho-district village.

Commenting on Tuesday's demolition, UN agency for Palestinian refugees spokesman Chris Gunness said "under the Fourth Geneva Convention the occupying power should be providing services not bulldozing them -- as the Israelis are Bedouin homes."
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