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Israel commences demolitions east of Jerusalem

Nov. 8, 2018 10:57 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 9, 2018 3:36 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian-owned residential building, on Thursday morning, in the al-Zaayim village, east of Jerusalem.

Locals reported that a large number of Israeli forces stormed the village and were deployed near the building.

Israeli soldiers prevented residents, locals and reporters from approaching the area.

Sources confirmed that the building consisted of several floors, pointing out that the demolition was carried out under the pretext that the structure was built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.

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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