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Israel officials prepare for mass demolition in occupied East Jerusalem

A bulldozer can be demolishing homes belonging to Palestinians in Jerusalem [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]

Israeli officials from the Jerusalem municipality and police examined five buildings in the Kafr Aqab neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem yesterday, in preparation for their demolition.

The buildings, erected without the almost impossible to obtain “permit”, are currently home to some 138 Palestinian families.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the apartment blocks are to be demolished in order to build a public road next to the Separation Wall.

The paper reports that out of some 60,000 residents in Kafr Aqab, about 52,000 are living in “illegal” buildings.

Mounir Zghayer, chair of the neighbourhood’s local committee, said that contrary to claims made by the municipality, local residents had never requested the road in question.

“The municipality is forcing this move upon us, against our will,” he said.

Read: Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in Jerusalem

Zghayer also warned that by demolishing the buildings using controlled explosions, there is a high risk of “collateral damage” to nearby buildings.

East Jerusalem has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967, and was illegally annexed by the Israeli authorities to form part of the Jerusalem municipality.

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  • Kaminoyona

    As in ANY nation if you build illegally it will be torn down.

    Why do these non- citizens think they have the same rights as citizens?

    • LTS

      Are you kidding me??? These buildings are home to the indigenous people of Jerusalem and of Palestine. This is ethnic cleansing on the part of Israel. Ongoing since 1948.