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Israeli bulldozers demolish structures in East Jerusalem neighborhoods

May 14, 2014 12:13 P.M. (Updated: May 15, 2014 9:59 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished three Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem early Wednesday, locals told Ma'an.

Accompanied by Israeli forces and police officers, bulldozers entered the Palestinian neighborhoods of Beit Hanina, Shuafat, and Ras al-Amoud, where they destroyed two shops and a workshop.

In the al-Ashqariyya neighborhood of Beit Hanina, bulldozers demolished a store belonging to Mousa al-Natsha.

The store measured 55 square meters and was built in 2011, al-Natsha told Ma'an.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities demolished another store on al-Khansa street in the Shuafat neighborhood.

The store's owner, Muhammad Awadallah, told Ma'an the store measured 18 square meters and that its walls were built 80 years ago. Its tin roof was added in 2011, Awadallah said.

He said Jerusalem municipality workers had issued demolition orders "several times," but that he had paid a total of 20,000 shekels in fines to postpone the demolition.

Additionally, bulldozers in Ras al-Amoud demolished a steel structure owned by Sufyan Jabir.

Jabir said he used the building as a metal workshop. Built 14 years ago, the structure measured about 100 square meters.

Israel destroyed more than 500 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013, displacing over 850 people, according to UN figures.

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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