Israeli occupation bulldozers Tuesday morning destroyed three family homes, two of them under construction in the town of Silwan south of al-Aqsa mosque and the third in Salah Eddin street in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of a lack of a building permit.
One of the buildings, belonging to the Abu Khaled family, was destroyed by the IOF bulldozers without any prior notice.
During the operation, some members of the family were left bruised and injured after the Israeli soldiers assaulted and detained them.
The Israeli occupation municipality in Jerusalem Wednesday last week approved the construction of 90 settlement units in Har Home settlement south Jerusalem.
This is in addition to last October when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave orders for the construction of 1,060 new settlement units in two settlements in East Jerusalem; 660 new units in ‘Ramot Shlomo’, and 400 in ‘Har Homa’, in addition to an infrastructure project of 12 new settlement roads in the West Bank.
At the same time, Israeli forces continue with their demolitions of Palestinians’ homes in East Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat claimed that there are nearly 20,000 homes built without licences or permits in East Jerusalem and threatened them with demolition, said Middle East Monitor (MEM).
In a statement, Barakat added: “A number of homes and buildings are being demolished in West Jerusalem. The number of the homes demolished in West Jerusalem is actually double the number in East Jerusalem.”
On May 11, an Israeli court ordered the evacuation and demolition of 23 buildings in a northern Jerusalem neighborhood alongside a century-old Islamic shrine by Israeli forces in Nablus.