Israel Razes Four Palestinian Homes in East Jerusalem

W460

Israeli authorities on Monday demolished four Palestinian homes in annexed east Jerusalem that had been built without construction permits, police and residents said.

A total of 20 people lived in the four buildings, two of them located in the Issawiya neighborhood and two in Beit Hanina, occupants told Agence France Presse.

They had been served demolition orders because they did not have the necessary construction permits, police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

She added the demolitions went ahead without incident.

In 2013, Israel destroyed 99 buildings in annexed east Jerusalem, leaving 298 people homeless, according to United Nations humanitarian affairs agency OCHA.

Palestinians and human rights groups in the city say Israel rarely grants the permits, forcing residents to build homes without them.[more]