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New demolitions feared in East Jerusalem neighborhood

Jan. 29, 2014 4:54 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2014 3:46 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Municipality workers escorted by Israeli soldiers toured a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, a popular committee member said.

Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma'an that the workers took photos of dozens of residential buildings, streets, and alleys in the al-Isawiya neighborhood.

Al-Hummus said residents were worried about incidents like this one because they usually precede home demolitions.

Israeli authorities on Monday demolished four Palestinian homes in annexed East Jerusalem, two of them in al-Isawiya, police and residents told AFP.

In 2013, Israel destroyed 99 buildings in annexed East Jerusalem, leaving 298 people homeless, according to United Nations humanitarian affairs agency OCHA.

Palestinians and human rights groups in the city say Israel rarely grants the permits, forcing residents to build homes without them.

Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.
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