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Israeli forces assault Palestinians, demolish house in East Jerusalem

Dec. 4, 2018 10:57 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 5, 2018 4:23 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished an under-construction house, in the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir in occupied East Jerusalem, on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces along with bulldozers stormed the neighborhood and surrounded an under-construction house, sealing off the area and preventing residents from reaching it.

Israeli bulldozers carried out the demolition without the owner receiving any prior notice.

The reason for the demolition remained unknown.

Sources added that Israeli police forces obstructed the movement of Palestinian students exiting a school nearby, in addition to physically and verbally assaulting an entire Palestinian family that lives in the same area.

The family was beaten and cursed by Israeli police forces.

According to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory, the month of July recorded the highest number of Palestinian structures Israel has demolished or seized (54), and of Palestinian civilians displaced (97) in the occupied territories, since January 2017.

The report said that the cumulative number of structures targeted so far in 2018 (251) has remained below the figure in the equivalent period of 2017 (286). All of the incidents during July took place on grounds of lack of building permits.

OCHA added that in recent decades, Israeli settler organizations, with the support of the Israeli authorities, have taken control of properties within Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, and some 180 Palestinian families are currently facing eviction cases, filed mainly by settler organizations.

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