Israel demolishes house, stores in Jerusalem


Israeli occupation authorities Wednesday morning demolished a Palestinian house and stores in the occupied city of Jerusalem, according to local sources. They said that a sizable Israeli police force escorted a bulldozer into al-Sal‘a area of al-Mukkaber neighborhood, where the heavy machinery tore down a house belonging to Muhammad Harb, reducing it to rubble. Built 11 years ago, the one-storey two-apartment house was demolished purportedly for being built without a license, displacing Harb’s family, which comprises eight members, including three teens under 13 years. The sources added that police proceeded with the house demolition without informing the house owner in advance and although the owner has secured a court ruling in favor of halting the demolition.