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Israeli forces demolish house, structures in East Jerusalem

July 17, 2018 3:58 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2018 11:15 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a house, agricultural structure and two walls in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of being built without a license.

A Ma'an reporter said that Israeli bulldozers stormed the Shufat and al-Tur neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and demolished agricultural facilities without any prior notices.

Resident of the Shufat neighborhood, Saleh Abu Khdeir, said that Israeli bulldozers demolished his ready-for-housing home, in addition to a wall surrounding the area and a steel structure used for agricultural purposes.

Abu Khdeir added that the demolition was carried out above his agricultural equipment and tractors as Israeli forces did not allow him to approach the area to evacuate contents from inside the structure before the demolition.

He explained that he did not receive a prior notice on the demolition.

Abu Khdeir pointed out that this is the second time that his home was demolished; his house was previously demolished several months ago forcing Abu Khdeir to rebuild for his family of six.

He noted that the demolished house consisted of a total space of 100-square-meters.

Meanwhile in the al-Tur neighborhood, Israeli forces stormed the area and demolished a retaining wall surrounding a piece of Palestinian-owned land.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that compared to the Jewish population, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which also see high approval ratings.

For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem's illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.
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