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Jerusalemite to destroy his own house after Israeli demolition order

Israeli forces have demanded a Palestinian citizen in the occupied city of Jerusalem destroy his own house after claiming it was built without a license, Quds Press reported on Sunday.

The Palestinian citizen Nidal Da’na told Quds Press that the Israeli authorities handed him a demolition notice asking him to destroy his house, which is located near Bāb Al-Silsilah (Al-Silsilah Gate).

He notes that the house, which the authorities are claiming was built without a license, is more the 1,500 years old.

If he is unable to demolish the house, Da’na will have to pay fines which could amount to NIS 40,000 ($10,000) for the state to destroy the building; many Jerusalem citizens prefer to demolish their own homes as they cannot afford the state fees.

Da’na said that part of the floor of his house had collapsed recently as a result of Israel excavations underneath Al-Aqsa Mosque. He added that the daily excavations have also caused his neighbours much suffering.

His family and his brothers’ family will become homeless as a result of the demolition.

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