JERUSALEM, August 18, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished on Monday a two-storey building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur/ Mount of Olives, leaving a family of 17 homeless, according to media sources.
WAFA correspondent in Jerusalem said Israeli Police demolished a house belonging to a local Palestinian resident in the Mount of Olives, under the pretext of building without a permit.
The house owner, Tawfiq Gazzawi, said Israeli forces surrounded the house in the early morning hours and prevented them from evacuating the house contents before demolishing it without any prior notice. The 380-square-meter house was a shelter for 17 family members, added Gazzawi.
He added that the Israeli authorities had tried to demolish the house in 2006, but a court ruling made that attempt a failure.
To be noted, the Israeli authorities in Jerusalem rarely issue construction permits for Palestinian residents, forcing many of them to embark on building without getting a permit.