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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in Jerusalem

June 26, 2018 3:32 P.M. (Updated: June 27, 2018 11:38 A.M.)

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian house in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem, while another family was able to freeze the demolition order against their house after Israeli forces surrounded and prepared to demolish the house.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli special forces and police stormed the Talaat Hizma area of Beit Hanina neighborhood, surrounded a house, and began the demolition after evacuating its residents and emptying some of its contents.

In the al-Asharqiya area of Beit Hanina, the Shawamra family was able to freeze the demolition order against their home after they went to court. The family was ordered to pay 8,000 shekels in order for the court to approve their postponement request.

The family said that Israeli forces escorting bulldozers and municipal staff suddenly stormed their home, assaulted women and children present by forcefully pushing and hitting them, in order to evacuate the house and its surroundings.

The family added that the house had been built since 2014 and is home to seven residents; they have been trying to issue licenses for the house multiple times. However, the Jerusalem municipality refuses to do so.

In the Issawiya neighborhood in East Jerusalem, Israeli bulldozers began leveling roads leading to a Palestinian-owned agricultural lands in the eastern part of the village.

Muhammed Abu al-Hummus, member of a local follow-up committee, said that these lands are being confiscated for Israeli national parks to be built; he explained that the Jerusalem municipality and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority raze and demolish these lands every once in a while.

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