Israeli settlers take over 3 buildings and land in Al-Aqsa South

Days of Palestine - Jerusalem

Jewish settlers today, Thursday,  seized three residential buildings and a plot of land in the middle neighborhood of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center, which specializes in monitoring Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem, stated that more than 100 settlers from the “Ateret Cohenim” settlement association, accompanied by members of the police, guard, and settler workers, stormed the middle neighborhood at 2 AM in the town of Silwan. 

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They entered a plot of land and 3 residential buildings in the area, "the owners of which were not present and were uninhabited."

The center stated in a statement that settlers had placed two residential rooms inside the plot, in addition to a ready-made staircase, and also installed surveillance cameras on residential buildings, and opened a new entrance to one of the buildings.

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Concerning the ownership of the real estate, the center explained that two buildings belong to the Awad family, and each building consists of 4 floors. 

The Awad family, who lives in an adjacent building, said that about 4 months ago they sold them to Abdullah Al-Rishq and Mahmoud Shawamrah.

The Awad family explained that one of the terms of the sale agreement is to review the Awad family in any future sale and not sell to the Jews, and the documents for that are available with the lawyer.


The center added that as for the plot of land, which covers an area of ​​about half a dunam, it belongs to the Abu Subeih family, and it said that it sold it to Ghassan Sayed Ahmed.

The Information Center stated that the number of settlement outposts in the "Batn Al-Hawa" neighborhood in Silwan increased to 12 outposts and a plot of land, most of which are residential buildings leaked to settlers during the past years. 2014 and 2015 witnessed the largest leakage operation in Silwan.

It is noteworthy that over many years, Israeli settlement groups were able to control only 11 housing units in the town, whose population exceeds 55,000 Palestinians until brokers from Jerusalem residents and within the Green Line were hired to buy real estate that would be later sold to settlers.


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