Thursday, November 24, 2011

Israeli Forces Demolish Car Shop in West Bank Village

Palestine News & Info Agency

RAMALLAH, November 24, 2011 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday demolished a car repair shop owned by two Palestinian brothers in the village of Um Safa, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, claiming it was built without permit, according to witnesses.

They said that Israeli forces stormed the village in the early morning hours, imposed a military cordon around the shop, which was owned by Mohammad and Ra’aft Sbaih, before demolishing it.

The brothers said they had a permit from the Palestinian Authority.

Mohammad Sbaih told WAFA that soldiers beat him and his brother for protesting the demolition of their shop, prevented them from removing their shop equipment before it was demolished, and detained them during the process of the demolition.

He said Israel had demolished part of his family home three years ago although it was also licensed.