Israeli occupation forces demolished several Palestinian- owned structures and attacked Palestinian families in the Shuafat refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, February 15.
Palestinian local sources reported that Israeli forces demolished a car wash and several commercial facilities owned by the Palestinian Al-Reshq family under the pretext of building without a permit.
Jomaa Al-Reshq, an owner of a demolished facility, said that a number of the shops have existed for 40 years, adding that Israel ordered them to self-demolish the structures one week ago.
“We refused to self-demolish our own structures, and we were shocked that Israeli forces invaded the camp while we were in our beds,” he said.
In addition, Al-Reshq said that he tried several times to obtain a building permit. However, Israeli occupation authorities denied him.
50 Palestinian employees were relying on the demolished shops as their main sources of income, according to Al-Reshq.
In a related development, Israeli forces attacked Palestinian families after invading their homes. They also impeded the schoolchildren’s arrival at their schools.
Earlier yesterday, Israeli occupation authorities forced the Palestinian citizen Nizar Muhaisan to self-demolish his own home in Al-Issawyia town in occupied Jerusalem.
So far in 2023, Israeli occupation forces demolished about 30 Palestinian-owned structures and homes in occupied Jerusalem.