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Israeli forces hand out demolition orders in Jerusalem village

Oct. 27, 2013 11:53 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 28, 2013 6:37 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli municipality staff on Sunday handed stop-work orders to several houses in the Wadi al-Hilweh neighborhood in Silwan, a Ma’an reporter said.

Israeli police and the Israeli municipality staff raided Wadi al-Hilweh and took photos of houses.

Jawad Siam, director of the Wadi al-Hilweh center, said that Israeli municipality staff handed six demolition orders to Palestinian houses and a grocery store. The municipality staff claimed that they properties were built without licenses.

The families that recived the demolish orders are the Qaraen, Siam, Ghaith, al-Taweel, and Eweda families.

Siam added that Siam's house was built in the 1990s and there are seven relatives living in it. The house is 50 square meters wide, while the second is 65 square meters. It also contains seven relatives.

Qaraen's house consists of three apartments, 13 people live in it, including 3 children. The building was built in 1998. Israeli forces imposed expensive penalties on the family. The family tried to apply for a license, but all their attempts failed.

The Israeli municipality staff also placed a demolition order on a shop that belongs to al-Taweel family. The threatened area is only meters wide. They handed a demolition order to an under-construction site that belongs to the Eweda family. The house is 75 square meters wide.

Israeli forces also raided the house of Jawad Siam, the director of the Wadi al-Hilweh Information Center, and handed him a stop-work order. His house is 70 square meters, and it was built in 1952. The family repaired the roof of the house because water leaks inside during the winter, he says.

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