Israeli Forces Demolish Two Homes under Construction, Seize Property East of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, August 13, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday morning demolished two homes and seized a shipping container in the eastern outskirts of Bethlehem, said a municipal source.

Military vehicles, escorting a bulldozer, broke into Harmala locality near Taqu village to the southeast of the city, where they demolished a house under construction belonging to Muhammad Dabash purportedly for unlicensed building, the mayor Aiad Ali was said.

Forces also raided Taqu village, where they escorted the bulldozer that demolished a house under construction belonging to a local identified as Mousa Salim Hasan.

Israeli soldiers also raided Za‘tara town to the south east of the city, where they tore down a house’s exterior wall belonging to Khalaf al-Himri.

They seized a shipping container, which the owner used for selling construction materials, said Za‘tara mayor Ahmad Rashid. He added that the owner, apparently al-Himri himself, was asked to pay the costs of demolition.