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Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian home in East Jerusalem

July 18, 2018 4:32 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2018 3:45 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) --The Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian home in the al-Tur neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Local witnesses told Ma'an that the Israeli authorities along with Israeli forces raided the al-Tur neighborhood and demolished a house under the pretext of being built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.

The demolished home belonged to the Abu Sbitan Palestinian family.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces demolished the house using manual demolition equipment.

The demolished house was newly built and furnished to live in; the apartment was located on the last floor of a residential apartment building, which consisted of a total of five floors.

Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

Meanwhile, the estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory are more easily given building permits and allowed to expand their homes and properties, despite living in settlements that violate international law.

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