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Locals assault mayor of Hebron-area village during demolition of illegal structure

July 25, 2017 5:14 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2017 8:01 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The mayor of the southern occupied West Bank town of al-Shuyukh, located in the Hebron district, has accused a number of residents of the village of assaulting him, during the demolition of an illegally built structure in the town.

Mayor of Al-Shuyukh Sharif al-Halayqa told Ma’an on Tuesday that he was hospitalized at al-Ahli hospital in Hebron city after number of residents physically attacked him and pummeled him with stones while a municipality vehicle was “removing an intrusion” illegally installed at the town’s main road.

Al-Halayqa said that the al-Shuyukh municipality had filed a complaint with the police against a building that was constructed in violation of municipal regulations, as the owners had not left enough space between the structure and the street.

The general prosecution then jailed the building’s owner, who signed a waiver pledging that he would not violate the rules again and that if he did, he would be fined 10,00 Jordanian dinars, ($14,104), according to the mayor.

However, the owner violated regulations again and resumed construction within the same area that was zoned for the street. The municipality then obtained an order from the prosecution to remove the structure.

When al-Halayqa arrived with two police officers and a municipality excavator to take down the building, a “heated argument” broke out with the owners of the building who ultimately assaulted the mayor, "right in front of the police officers who failed to protect me or arrest the assailants,” he said.

The mayor then filed a complaint at the police station.

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