Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Israel orders demolition of Jerusalem homes

Israeli forces demolish two houses in Jerusalem's Beit Hanina neighborhood
on Nov. 24, 2011. UNRWA research shows that 990 Palestinians have lost
their homes already this year, more than double the number in 2010.
(REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces and municipality officials raided a number of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to deliver warrants for their demolition, locals said on Wednesday.

Soldiers escorted the officials to order the destruction of homes in Salaa, Wadi Yasul and Ein Al-Louza districts of Silwan, local committee for defense of Silwan land Abdul-Kareem Abu Sneina said.

"To face Israel's attempt to put new facts on the ground, a new house should be built whenever a house is demolished," Abu Sneina said.

Israel is working to establish new settlements and outposts in different Jerusalem neighborhoods, he said, urging their Palestinian inhabitants to maintain their presence in the city.

Research by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees released in early December found that 990 people -- including 507 children -- have lost their homes so far this year, more double the number displaced in 2010.

Israeli authorities demolished 515 Palestinian structures in the West Bank this year, of which 22 were in East Jerusalem, UNRWA said.

Israel annexed the city's eastern sector -- which Palestinians insist is the capital of their future state -- after a 1967 war, in a move never recognized internationally.

Maan News Agency