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Israeli forces demolish two Palestinian-owned houses in al-Quds, orders owners to pay heavy fines

The file photo shows Israeli forces demolishing a Palestinian-owned house in the occupied territories. (Photo by the Palestinian Information Center)

Israeli forces have demolished two Palestinian-owned homes in the occupied al-Quds, amid ongoing land grab policies by the Tel Aviv regime.

The Palestinian Information Center reported on Tuesday that Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by troops, raided the neighborhoods of Issawiya and Jabal al-Mukaber of East al-Quds, razing down two houses belonging to Palestinian residents.

Apart from demolishing the houses, the occupying regime has also ordered the owners to pay heavy fines.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have handed a demolition notice to a Palestinian homeowner in the village of Marda, north of Salfit in the occupied West Bank.

Nisfat Khuffash, head of Marda village council, told Palestine’s official Wafa news agency on Tuesday that the Palestinian-owned house is one of the 32 homes that are going to be demolished in the area under the pretext of construction without a permit.

He went on to say that an Israeli military soldier broke into the village and handed a local resident the demolition order against his 150-square-meter, one-story house where his family of three people lives.

Khuffash further noted that the other homeowners in the village who received demolition orders last year have appealed the orders at Israeli courts in the hope of stopping them.

The demolition of Palestinian homes across the occupied territories has increased since an extreme far-right administration led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office.

Palestinians regard ministers of the new cabinet, especially Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, as racist and fascist for publicly advocating the expulsion of Palestinians and the demolition of their homes, supporting Israeli extremist groups repeatedly attacking Palestinians, and stirring incitement to racism against Arabs and non-Jews.

Israel routinely demolishes Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds. The regime argues that the homes were built without a permit. However, the Israeli regime rarely, if ever, approves such permits for Palestinians. The Israeli forces also sometimes order Palestinian owners to demolish their own houses or pay the costs of the demolition.

Israel has already occupied thousands of dunums of Palestinian agricultural land to construct and expand new illegal settler units in various areas in the West Bank.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. The United Nations Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

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

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