Occupied Jerusalem (Palestine Today)- The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) forced on Monday two Palestinian families in Jerusalem to demolish their homes and a third family to demolish cattle sheds under the pretext of building without a permit.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that the IOA recently issued decisions stipulating the demolition of Palestinian facilities and forced their owners to demolish them. It added that they had to do that with their own hands to avoid incurring exorbitant demolition expenses and fines.
Jihad Awadallah, one of the victims, said that his family razed their two-story building in Shu’afat, which was built 20 years ago.
He pointed out that his family tried to obtain a building license but instead the occupation municipality imposed a building violation against them worth 120,000 shekels.
Meanwhile, the occupation municipality forced Nimr Nimr to demolish an apartment for his son in Sur Baher village, southeast of Jerusalem.
Nimr explained that the apartment, measuring 90 square meters, was constructed 5 years ago and only finishing touches were left.
Nevertheless, the IOA issued a demolition order and told him to raze it the soonest or else it would send its teams and do the job and let him pay the expensive demolition costs.
The IOA also forced Omar Siyam to raze his cattle sheds in Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the pretext of unlicensed building.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center