Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished Monday, 16 January 2023 Palestinian-owned commercial facilities near the entrance to the town of Hizma, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.
Local media sources reported that Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished a number of shops and vehicle repair workshops at the entrance to the town of Hizma owned by the Palestinain citizens Ouda Jabr Al-Khatib, Muhammad Mustafa Al-Khatib, and Mahmoud Jabr Al-Khatib.
The demolished commercial facilities were the only source of income for Palestinian youths and their families, the media source added.
Israeli military forces also closed the entrance to the town of Hizma, set up a military checkpoint on the Arabih roundabout, and prevented the Palestinain residents’ movement.
In the same context, the Israeli occupation Local Planning and Building Committee in occupied Jerusalem approved a new route plan for the light rail linking east and west of occuiped Jerusalem in a preparatory step to confiscate and demolish more Jerusalemite homes.
Palestinian towns and villages in the occupied Jerusalem have seen increased demolition orders by Israeli forces, aiming to force the Palestinian residents to leave their own lands under the pretext of building without a permit.
In 2022, Israeli occupation forces forcibly demolished more than 209 inhabited Palestinain facilities in various areas of occuiped Jerusalem. Israeli occupation also confiscated a number of Palestinian-owned lands and properties in favor of Israeli settlers’ expansion most notably the land of Hamra in the Silwan neighborhood.