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In video - Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Anata

Sept. 5, 2018 12:48 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2018 1:30 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished two Palestinian homes in the Anata village in northeastern the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, on Tuesday evening.

Local witnesses told Ma'an that a large number of Israeli forces stormed the village escorting staff members from the Jerusalem Municipality and several bulldozers, and surrounded the neighborhood in which the two homes are located.

Witnesses added that Israeli forces broke into two Palestinian homes belonging to Saleh Fahidat and his mother, Rasmiya.

Ziad Fahidat, Saleh's cousin, said that prior to the demolition, Israeli forces and the Jerusalem Municipality staff removed some belongings from the two homes, while preventing residents from movement in the area.

He confirmed that in total, six family members, including three children and an elderly, lived in the demolished homes.

It is noteworthy that both of the demolished homes were built long before the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem.

Ziaad added that six months ago, the Israeli authorities had issued a decision to demolish the two homes, however, the Fahidat family submitted an appeal, providing ownership documents and maps, which proved the existence of these homes from dozens of years ago.

Ziad said that following the appeal, the family had not received any prior notices and were not notified of the reason for the demolition.

Activists from the Anata village also confirmed that Israeli bulldozers demolished an agricultural steel structure, belonging to local Nimr al-Jimzawi.

The reason for the sudden demolition remained unknown.

In the video below, Israeli bulldozers are seen demolishing Palestinian-owned homes:
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