Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Israeli Military Demolish Four Houses Near Bethlehem

by George Rishmawi - IMEMC & Agencies 
Israeli military bulldozers demolished on Tuesday morning four houses in the town of Beit Jala near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem Palestinian media sources reported.
One of the demolished houses in Beit Jala (Photo: WAFA)
One of the demolished houses in Beit Jala (Photo: WAFA)
Residents of Beit Jala said two bulldozers, accompanied by a number of Israeli military vehicles and police, invaded the neighbourhood in the early hours of the morning and bulldozed the houses and removed 55 electricity poles in the Makhrour neighbourhood which resulted in a power blackout in the entire neighbourhood.

A demolished house owner told media that he received a warrant on March 5, and he had a lawyer to follow up with the issue, however, he was surprised by the demolition this morning.

The Israeli military claim they have sent warrants to the residents in 2005, however, the resident said they have received nothing before March 5. The same owner added that he found the warrant in front of the door under a small stone.

On his part, the Mayor of Bethlehem said the municipality is trying to restore the power to the area as a temporary relief for the residents.
 International Middle East Media Center