World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished three Arab-owned houses in the central city of Ramla on the pretext that they had been built illegally, local officials have said.
"Bulldozers backed by Israeli security forces stormed Dahmash village and surrounded the houses before leveling them," Arafat Ismail, head of the Dahmash village council, told.
"The village has remained tense since the withdrawal of Israeli police," he added.
Salem Assaf, the owner of one of the demolished houses, told that the structures had provided shelter for dozens of people who were now homeless.
"At least 30 people, including 15 children, are now without homes," he said.
"The Israelis think that by demolishing our homes and displacing our families they can force us to leave," said Assaf. "They are wrong."
He added: "We will stay no matter what happens."
Dahmash is home to at least 700 Palestinians who were displaced from their ancestral homes in historical Palestine after the creation of Israel in 1948. They now carry Israeli citizenship.Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2015, 13:35