SHAFAQNA – Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished three commercial stores belonging to a Palestinian in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. Locals said that the demolitions were carried out after municipal inspectors decided early Tuesday morning that the stores had been built without license, although no prior notice was given.
Large numbers of Israeli forces reportedly stormed the Ein al-Luzah area of Silwan together with Jerusalem municipality inspectors, The soldiers blocked off an alley, while a bulldozer demolished the three stores.
Anis Karama, the Palestinian owner of the stores, told Ma’an that when he arrived Israeli officers denied him access to his property before forcing him from the site.
According to Karama the stores measured 200 square meters and were built two months ago.
Separately on Monday, municipal inspectors delivered demolition warrants to four Silwan residents, and were also reported to have taken photos of buildings in the al-Bustan, Euin al-Luzah and Beer Ayyub areas of Silwan.
The densely populated neighborhood of Silwan to the south of Jerusalem’s Old City has been a repeated site of Israeli incursions and attempts to evict Palestinian locals.
East Jerusalem has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967, and today around 300,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements constructed between existing Palestinian neighborhoods.