In a pre-dawn operation on Wednesday, August 6, 2023, Israeli bulldozers carried out the demolition of two homes and several commercial properties in the Al-Buq’an neighborhood of Anata town in occupied East Jerusalem.
According to Mahmoud Alian, the demolition operation commenced at 5:30 AM and lasted over five hours, during which approximately ten commercial buildings were destroyed.
Alian explained that Israeli officials and military personnel came equipped with a map and proceeded to demolish any structures within 50 meters of the apartheid wall.
Nasim Hamdan described how the area was surrounded by Israeli forces from all sides, and heavy machinery began demolishing their home without allowing the family to remove carpentry tools and equipment from their shops.
He noted that the building had two floors, with the first-floor housing five carpentry shops and the second floor being a 200-square-meter residence under construction, belonging to the Hamdan brothers, Mohammad and Ahmed Zakaria Hamdan.
Nasim Hamdan commented, “We are among the least affected, considering we live under occupation. Nothing compares to the siege on Gaza or the events in Jenin and Nablus. Nevertheless, we will remain steadfast and resilient; we will not yield or break.”
In a separate incident, Mahmoud Alian reported that Israeli bulldozers demolished a cattle and sheep farm that had been in existence for 20 years, belonging to the citizen Mohammad Hassan Jaber.
They also demolished an old, unidentified house on the same property.
Furthermore, the bulldozers targeted commercial properties constructed in 2013, including a garage and car wash belonging to citizen Azmi Ibrahim, as well as another commercial facility owned by Waeed Kayala, along with livestock pens.
The Israeli occupation forces also demolished a wedding hall under construction in the Al-Buq’an neighborhood, owned by Jerusalemite Mohammad Ghaith.