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Israeli bulldozers on Monday morning demolished two Palestinian homes in the Issawiya neighborhood of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), claiming the two structures lacked official permits.
"Two Israeli bulldozers accompanied by Israeli forces demolished two houses owned by Abdullah Ahmad Dari, 45, and Hussein Ali Nasser, 51," Mohamed Abu al-Hummus, a member of an umbrella group representing Palestinian civil society, told Anadolu Agency.
Israeli bulldozers and security forces withdrew from the area once they finished the demolitions, Nasser said.
"Earlier this week, Jerusalem municipality workers photographed several homes in advance of carrying out the demolitions," he added.
The demolitions triggered limited clashes with local residents, during which Israeli forces fired teargas at protesting Palestinians.
Nasser, the owner of one of the two razed structures, accused Israeli authorities of leveling his home without prior notice.
"My home is only about 70 square meters in size; Israeli bulldozers demolished it without any warning," he told AA. "Now my son is homeless and his wedding is only one month away."
Nasser stressed that it was not the first time his house was demolished by Israeli municipality authorities.
"The Jerusalem municipality also demolished my home nine years ago, but I rebuilt it for my son to get married in," he said.
For years, the self-proclaimed Jewish state has systematically demolished Palestinian homes in Al-Quds on grounds that they lack official permits.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Israeli authorities demolished more than 500 Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Al-Quds last year alone.
Israeli municipal authorities also impose tight restrictions on the renovation of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem, according to residents.
Sacred to both Muslims and Jews, Jerusalem's Old City 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.
Palestinians accuse Israel of waging an aggressive campaign to "Judaize" the holy city with the aim of effacing its Arab and Islamic identity.Last Mod: 27 Ocak 2014, 12:54