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Israeli bulldozers raze Palestinian lands in Jerusalem

June 21, 2018 11:59 A.M. (Updated: June 21, 2018 3:23 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Nature and Parks Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality accompanied with Israeli forces raided several neighborhoods and villages in the Jerusalem district razed lands and removed iron gates on Wednesday.

Ma'an News Agency learned that Israeli bulldozers razed and leveled several lands in Silwan, Sur Bahir, and Wadi al-Juz, all located in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem.

In the neighborhood of Silwan, Israeli forces broke down and confiscated an iron gate and fences in the Moroccans Gate area belonging to the Abu Hadwan family, and in the al-Thawri neighborhood bulldozers razed a piece of land and uprooted trees.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli bulldozers also razed a land in the Sur Bahir village and destroyed stones in the land.

In Wadi al-Juz neighborhood, Israeli bulldozers razed wires surrounding a land belonging to several Palestinian families, and took down an iron gate near the Amr family house.

The United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee adopted a resolution in July 2017 reaffirming the international body’s non-recognition of Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem, and condemned Israeli policies in the Old City.

The resolution referred to Israel as an “occupying power” in East Jerusalem, and stated that UNESCO “regrets the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works, projects and other illegal practices in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law.”

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