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Israeli forces demolish two houses in East Jerusalem

Aug. 25, 2015 10:26 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 26, 2015 10:43 A.M.)
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished two homes under construction in Jabal al-Mukabir south of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, the owners said.

They told Ma'an that Israeli forces, Israeli municipal officers and bulldozers raided the al-Muroj area of Jabal al-Mukabir early Tuesday.

They reportedly closed the village's main streets before demolishing two houses belonging to Muhammad and Khalid al-Abbasi.

Muhammad al-Abbasi said that the houses were demolished without prior warning.

He said that the houses measured 140 and 120 square meters and were nearly complete.

"The family was supposed to move into the houses next week," he said.

Khalid Abbasi told official Palestinian news site Wafa that the two homes would have been lived in by 12 family members, as both brothers have been living in their father's home with their families for the past six years.

He said that they had spent around 700,000 shekels ($181,000) in construction expenses, adding: "We need to work for almost 10 years to cover our debts incurred by the construction of the two homes."

Israeli forces reportedly demolished another house belonging to the Abbasi family last March.

Jabal al-Mukabir is among a number of Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem where Israeli forces have demolished Palestinians' homes and evicted Palestinian families.

A local official told Ma'an in January that there around 150 demolitions orders pending in Jabal al-Mukabir.

While Jewish residents frequently take over Palestinian buildings with the protection of Israeli forces, government policies make it nearly impossible for Palestinian residents to obtain building permits, according to Israeli rights group the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

So far this year, 19 Palestinian homes have been demolished in occupied East Jerusalem, leaving 13 Palestinians homeless, according to Israeli rights group B'Tselem.

Nearly 570 homes have been destroyed over the last twelve years, leaving 2,128 Palestinians homeless in total, the group reports.
Comments
Demolition Is / Not Enough
- Israel is a democratic nation of laws, and to put an end to such illegal building, it stricter new laws, since demolition alone is obviously not enough of a deterrent, where
- People building without a permit can have their primary residence demolished too !!
26/08/2015 20:59
Some one / Palestine
Israel dont give a premission to palestinians so they builed without premission ..but jews dont need it ...govrenment builed houses for them
30/08/2015 14:24
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