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Israel forces Palestinian family to demolish Jerusalem home

A Palestinian Naim Salih Ferrah (not seen), who is forced by Israel to demolish his own home on the grounds that it is unlicensed, demolishes his own home with his family not to pay demolition fees to the municipality in Beit Hanina neighbor of east Jerusalem on May 2, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
A Palestinian man was forced by Israeli authorities to demolish his home to avoid paying demolition fees in Jerusalem on 2 May 2020 [Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli municipal authorities have forced a Palestinian family to demolish their home in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a local NGO on Sunday.

In a statement, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said the Jerusalem Municipality forced the Abu Sneineh family to raze their home on Saturday in Jabal al-Mukaber neighbourhood in Jerusalem, citing lack of a valid construction permit.

The demolition has left the family of six, including children, homeless.

According to the NGO, the Abu Sneineh family had previously been forced by Israeli authorities to demolish their home in Ras al-Amud area in Jerusalem in 2015.

Israel widely uses the pretext of lack of construction permits to demolish Palestinian homes. Palestinians say the Israeli authorities rarely give construction permits to Palestinians in addition to the costly fees of the construction licenses.

Recently, the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem resorted to escalating self-demolition decisions in the occupied city to avoid international criticism of the demolitions.

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