Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Israeli forces demolish 2 homes, 7 stores in al-Eizariya


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished nine tin shacks, including two homes, in the town of al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem, on land Israeli authorities have earmarked for construction of the separation wall, locals said.

A popular resistance committee spokesperson, Hani Halabiya, told Ma'an that large numbers of Israeli troops escorted bulldozers and Israeli Civil Administration inspectors into the town.

The bulldozers then demolished nine shacks without any prior warning, saying that they had been built without the necessary licenses, he said.

Halabiya said that some of the structures belonged to Sami Abu Ghaliya, a local Fatah official representing Bedouin tribes on the outskirts of Jerusalem, while the others were being rented by Palestinians from Jerusalem, Hebron, al-Eizariya, and the Bedouin al-Jahalin tribe.

Two of the structures served as homes and seven as commercial stores, including a grocery store, a car wash, and shops selling brassware and used furniture, Halabiya said.

He said that the same structures had been demolished five times, and added that they would be rebuilt as soon as possible, "in order to prevent construction of a section of the separation wall in the area." more

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