World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli authorities on Monday demolished a home owned by a Palestinian family in Al-Isawiya neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, one of the house's residents said.
"Israeli bulldozers razed my house for the second time in three years under the pretext that the house was built without permit,” Issaq Hamdan told The Anadolu Agency.
According to Hamdan, two Israeli bulldozers backed by dozens of Israel special forces stormed the village and started demolishing his house immediately.
The demolished house, which consisted of one floor and built on an area of 220 square meters, was demolished before in 2011 by the Israeli authorities before being rebuilt by the Palestinian family.
Eyewitnesses told AA that clashes erupted in the village after the demolition between Palestinian residents and Israeli troops, who fired rubber bullets and teargas at the protesters.
At least one Palestinian was shot in the belly and dozens suffered temporary asphyxiation after inhaling teargas, the witnesses added.
Tension has been running high in East Jerusalem since Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in late October following the shooting of an extremist rabbi in West Jerusalem.
The closure of Al-Aqsa, along with the killing of a young Palestinian man suspected of shooting the rabbi, has fueled angry protests by Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
Further aggravating the situation, a handful of Israeli MPs and scores of Jewish settlers have forced their way into the mosque complex in recent weeks, drawing the ire of Muslim worshippers and official condemnation from Arab and Muslim countries.
Since then, several Israelis have been killed and injured in a spate of attacks by Palestinians – both inside Israel and in the occupied territories.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.
Sacred to both Muslims and Jews, Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world's third holiest site. Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories," considering all Jewish settlement building on the land illegal.
Palestinians complain that Israeli municipal authorities impose tight restrictions on the building and renovation of Palestinian homes in the holy city.
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