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Israel demolishes home in Jerusalem - 143 demolished in 2018

Jan. 2, 2019 12:39 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2019 11:55 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian-owned house in Qalandiya north of occupied East Jerusalem in the central West Bank, on Wednesday morning.

Owner Hamzeh al-Mughrabi told Ma'an that Israeli police forces escorted municipality staff into Qalandiya, where they surrounded the house, emptied and evacuated residents before starting the demolition.

Al-Mughrabi added that the Shweiki family of 6 members, including a man with disability, live in the 100-square meter house.

He added that the house was built 5 years ago, pointing out that he was previously able to postpone the demolition order several times after attempting to issue the necessary licenses.

Al-Mughrabi said that he had paid 35,000 ILS of fines and 30,000 for the municipality staff for the cost of demolition.

Jawad Siyam from the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan told Ma'an that according to a report by the center, Israel demolished 143 Palestinian-owned buildings in Jerusalem; 24 of the buildings were demolished by owners to avoid demolition fees by the Israeli municipality.

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