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Israeli court issues demolition order for Silwan home

Oct. 31, 2013 11:06 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 31, 2013 10:40 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Jerusalem municipal court on Thursday issued a demolition order for a residential property in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

The owner, Hamoudeh Siyam, said the demolition order did not specify an exact date but the building has been threatened since 1996.

The two-story building is home to 12 people.

Siyam says he has tried to obtain a building permit and has paid over $85,000 in fines to the Jerusalem municipality.

Israel has destroyed more than 500 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and mostly East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, displacing 862 people, according to UNOCHA.

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.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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