The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) demolished, on Tuesday morning, a house in the neighbordhood of Wad Yasoul in Silwan, under the pretext of building without a
According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, the IOF stormed into Wad Yasul neighborhood at five o’clock Tuesday morning, sealing off the roads leading to the area.
Bulldozers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, broke into the home of the late Yusuf Abdul Semrain – which was under construction-, and after a complete search inside the house, carried out the demolition order.
Mohammed Shwaiki, deputy secretary of the organizational committee of Fatah in Silwan, an eyewitness, said that the Israeli soldiers stormed the neighborhood of Wad Yasul and went directly to the Semrain family house to destroy the property.
Shweiki explained that the house was under construction, with an area of about 100 square meters. Semrain started the construction before his death in September 2015, and the house was ready for habitation.
Shweiki added that Semrain’s family is composed by eight members, where one of the sons is currently under arrest.
During this morning raid, the Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets and pepper gas at the residents preventing them from approaching the demolition area.
Mohammed Shweiki stated that five youths were wounded with rubber bullets and many others suffered from burns and suffocation.
According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Mohammed Yousef Semrain, a member from the Semrain family, was shot on his chest with a rubber bullet.
Construction licenses are very expensive and difficult to obtain for Palestinians, notably in the Jerusalem area, in a bid by Israeli authorities to force Palestinians out and change the demographic balance of the city.
Silwan in particular has seen in recent years an influx of illegal Israeli settlers at the cost of home demolitions and the eviction of Palestinian families.
Almost 600 homes have been destroyed in the city over the last twelve years, leaving more than 2,000 Palestinians homeless, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.