Israel Bulldozers Destroy Three Houses in Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, July 13, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished three homes in the neighborhood district of Jabal al-Mukabir in Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a permit.

According to WAFA  correspondent, Israeli bulldozers raided the area at 4:00 AM in the morning, and demolished a newly built house belonging to Amer Ewesat, a local Palestinian, without informing him previously.

Israeli bulldozers also demolished the house of Mohammed Abu Sakran, a Palestinian resident of Jabal al-Mukabir, without handing him a prior notice.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces demolished a third house belonging to Mohammad Aqil, a Palestinian from Jabal al-Mukabir, also under the pretext of construction without a permit.

Yesterday, Israeli bulldozers demolished seven animal barns, a farm, a car repair workshop, and wall in the town of Anata, east of Jerusalem.

To be noted, Israeli authorities rarely issue construction permits to the original Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem, forcing many of them to embark on construction without an Israeli permit.

Over the course of 2015, Israel demolished 521 structures in Area C as well as in East Jerusalem, displacing 636 people, according to the UN monitoring group OCHA. The vast majority of these demolitions were carried out on the grounds of construction without a permit.

Between 2010 and 2014, only 1.5 percent of applications for building permits in Area C were approved by Israeli occupation authorities, OCHA adds.