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Israel forces more Palestinian families to tear down homes

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The undated file photo by Palestinian media shows the aftermath of a home demolition by Israeli authorities in the occupied territories.

Israeli authorities have forced a number of Palestinian families to tear down their own homes in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Palestinian media reported on Monday that at least three families had been left with no choice but to demolish their own homes in predominantly Palestinian neighborhoods in and around the occupied holy city.

Jihad Awadallah, one of the victims, said his family razed their 20-year-old two-story building in Shu’afat neighborhood.

Israeli municipal authorities also forced Nimr Nimr to demolish his son’s apartment in the village of Sur Baher, southeast of East Jerusalem al-Quds.

In Silwan, south of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Israeli troops forced Omar Siyam to raze his cattle sheds.

The municipality’s demolition order was issued under the pretext of lacking the necessary construction license – almost impossible to obtain.

Since January 2020, the Israeli regime has forced dozens of Palestinians in the city to raze their homes amid hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In May 2020, the Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported that the Tel Aviv regime used other strategies to block Palestinian use of land in order to pave the way for new settlements.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. 

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

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