‘Israel’ forces Palestinian family to self-demolish two apartments in occupied Jerusalem

 Jerusalemite family of Obeid stands on the ruins of its demolished house in Al-Issawiya neighborhood

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities on Monday morning forced a Palestinian family to self-demolish its own house in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Issawiya, under the pretext of building without a permit.

At the order of Israeli municipality in the occupied city of Jerusalem, the Jerusaelmite family of Obeid forcibly self-demolished its house which consists of two apartments in the Al-Issawiya, displacing 7 residents.

Among the displaced are a new groom and his wife who own one of the apartments. The other apartment is a shelter for a family of five; the brother of the new groom, his wife and three children.

The occupation municipality ordered the two apartments to be self-demolished. Otherwise they have to pay exorbitant fines of the demolition costs to the municipality if it carries out the demolition.

Translation: The ruins of the house of the Obeid family after the family was forced to demolish it by Israeli occupation authorities.

Earlier today, and under the pretext of building without a permit, the Israeli occupation municipality also forcibly ordered two Jerusalemite brothers, Dawood and Mahmoud Shokirat, to self-demolish their houses, in the Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem, displacing 12 residents.

Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

The Israeli municipality prevents native Palestinians from building new houses or restoring old ones in occupied Jerusalem, while it increases illegal settlement in the holy city and the West Bank.

During the year of 2021, according to the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry, Israeli forces demolished over 173 Palestinian-owned structures in Jerusalem and issued over 200 demolition orders against houses.

(Source / 31.01.2022)

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