Residents claim Israel is destroying Palestinian houses with little warning

Residents claim Israel is destroying Palestinian houses with little warning

Residents claim Israel is destroying Palestinian homes

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Local residents claim Israel has destroyed Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem with barely any warning.

Al Jazeera was told by resident Thaer Siyam that the Israeli army went to his house in Beit Hanina at around 5am and knocked it down with a bulldozer.

His father also said that he had built the house out of wood, hoping that would mean Israel wouldn't destroy it.

Ismaeel Siyam added that this house is the fourth one owned by his family which has been destroyed by Israel.

He said: "My own house was destroyed last October. Houses belonging to my daughter and my other son have also been demolished in the recent past."

Siyam also claims that the family had no time to appeal the demolition, get a lawyer or even submit paperwork about the building as the army informed them of the demolition one evening, and by morning the house was gone.

Another resident from Jabal al-Mukabbir, near East Jerusalem told Al Jazeera, about his house being demolished by Israeli forces.

Hamza Shaloudi said: "Twenty Israeli soldiers and police officers came barging through the front door at 9am with their dogs. I only managed to stop them from going into my daughter's bedrooms who were still sleeping."

The family claim they were given no warning about the demolition, which took place as soldiers were positioned on roof tops and the street was closed.

Forces allegedly wouldn't wait to hear from a lawyer before starting, so when only two walls were left and a lawyer did manage to gain an order to stop the work, it was already too late to save their home.

Israeli rights group B'tselem claims at least 140 Palestinians have been displaced due to Israel demolishing 39 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem since the start of this year.

However Israel has given approval for 1,500 settlement units to be created in occupied East Jerusalem this year.

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