Days of Palestine

Sunday, February 5

Occupation destroys residential building in Jerusalem

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Days of Palestine, Jerusalem/West Bank –Israeli occupation forces destroyed on Monday a residential building in Jerusalem and an electricity network in West Bank.

Palestinian locals in Abu-Dis, occupied Jerusalem, said that the Israeli occupation forces destroyed a five-story residential building under the pretext of having no building permission.

The locals said that the Israeli forces closed all roads leading to the building, then five Israeli bulldozers surrounded the building after midnight and started the demolition.

Owner Motasem Adilah, a lecturer at Al-Quds University, said that Israeli forces ordered him and his family to leave the building without taking any of their belongings.

Adilah said that the first two floors were built in 1959 while an additional three floors were constructed several years ago after obtaining a license from the Palestinian Authority.

Clashes broke out following the demolition, and Israeli forces shot three youths with live bullets, witnesses said.

Israeli occupation destroyed more than 500 Palestinian facilities in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013, displacing over 850 people, UN figures showed.

Demolition pf power grids

Meanwhile, a large number of Israeli occupation soldiers broke into the village of Aqraba in the West Bank governorate of Nablus and destroyed the electricity network.

Anti-Israeli Settlement Activist Ghassan Daghlas said the Israeli bulldozer raided the Khirbet Al-Tawil neighbourhood in the village and destroyed the line of the power supplies set up in 2004.

In addition, he said that the Israeli occupation forces destroyed over 80 electricity towers and extensions.

Daghlas said: “The Israeli occupation puts pressure on Palestinian residents in order to push them leave their houses for the sake of nearby settlements.”

In August, Israeli forces demolished four houses in the same neighbourhood, some of which dates back to 1900.

The neighbourhood is on the outskirts of Aqraba and locals say Israeli forces have targeted several facilities in the area under the pretext that they were built without licenses.