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Gaza govt begins demolition of homes
Published Sunday 08/07/2012 (updated) 10/07/2012 14:34
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza government on Sunday began the demolition of several homes in Gaza City, saying they are built on government land.

Abu Al-Abed Abu Omra, whose house is threatened with demolition, told Ma'an that police officers arrived late Saturday night and told residents to evacuate their homes in order to facilitate the demolition.

He said that there are more than 120 families living in the 15-dunams area under threat, near Gaza's Al-Azhar University, and they have been there since 1948.

He called on the Gaza cabinet to provide the families with homes in neighboring area al-Sheikh Ijleen in exchange, which he said had been promised to them.

The families had rejected an offer to move to the southern areas of Deir al-Balah and Karni as they are too close to Israel's dangerous no-go zone surrounding the barrier, he said.

In February after authorities demolished a number of homes in the Hamami neighborhood in Gaza City, a municipality engineer told the US-based Electronic Intifada website that the authorities intended to widen a 40-km coastal road to and install a sewage and water network.

The engineer, Hatem al-Sheikh Khaleil, said the project was in cooperation with the Lands Authority and the Palestine Telecommunication Company, funded by a German grant.

The website quoted municipal officials as saying the al-Rashid coastal road was too narrow to absorb the amount of traffic it receives, especially the in summer.
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1 ) Mel / Gaza
08/07/2012 18:24
"authorities demolished a number of homes in the Hamami neighborhood in Gaza City"... houses which were built illegally on land that they did not own.

2 ) Orkneovitch / Poland
08/07/2012 18:43
Reassuring to read there is actually so much traffic in Gaza they need to widen roads to accommodate so many cars, I thought there was fuel shortage in Gaza.

3 ) omar / AUE
08/07/2012 18:59
Good evening every body ,Hamass government is suppressing people in Gaza strip , no electricity ,no work, unemployed . revaluation in Gaza should be begun against hamas government .

4 ) ABE / USA
08/07/2012 19:05
Hunh? Pals knocking down houses!

5 ) southparkbear / usa
08/07/2012 19:25
zis iz outrageous. ze zionzi gov of gaza should be judged in in IJC

6 ) Danny / UK
08/07/2012 19:40
Oh, the irony...

7 ) JG / USA
08/07/2012 21:44
...and then the "Palestinians" blame Israel for demolishing their houses built without permits. Pathetic!

8 ) Filipe / Portugal
08/07/2012 22:06
Where is the outrage and outcry from the UN, EU, US and human rights associations on this ????? The silence is deafening !!! Amazing !!!

9 ) Robby / USA
08/07/2012 22:09
Why is everyone mad at HAMAS? It is their job to administer the Gaza and that is what they are doing. The next step should be to inspect the tunnels from Gaza to Egypt and ensure they are safe.

10 ) Shirley / Australia
08/07/2012 22:34
Gaza govt begins demolition of homes. ROTFLOL

11 ) Richard / UK
08/07/2012 22:53
@ Danny #6 -- What irony, Danny?

The demolitions are being done by their democratically elected administration as an infrastucture improvement, and not by a military occupation force who demolish homes unnecessarily in another country where there's no democratic or legal redress. And, in stark contrast to the Israeli authorities, Hamas is offering alternative housing, interim financial compensation, plus a land swap to each family affected enabling them to build permanent new homes.

12 ) Richard / UK
08/07/2012 23:18
Compulsory purchase and evictions for road-widening schemes are often required in many countries - nothing unusual about that. Due to Jews driving Palestinians out of their homes and off their land and into refugee camps, Gaza has been one of the most densely populated regions since 1948, so it's not surprising infrastructure improvements will affect housing. The Jewish children of today will be paying for the mistakes of their parents when the Palestinians flood back to reclaim their land.

13 ) @ Mel-1 & Robby-9 / USA too
09/07/2012 00:17
You are both right: 1- "Houses built illegally on land they do not own" should be demolished in Gaza & the West Bank !!! And, 9- It is Hamas' job to administer Gaza", just as with the PLO signing the Oslo Accords, it has been Israel's job to administer the Area C, E. Jerusalem, etc. in the West Bank, except this time, it is the "Gaza government demolishing homes, built on government land", instead of Israel's !!!

14 ) Osama / Pakistan
09/07/2012 03:42
Arabs destroying arab houses! LOL! Keep it up! Remember: only when Israel knocks down illegally built houses is it ok to protest. When arabs do it, it's ok. When arabs murder 20k palestinians in the 80's in syria, it's ok. When they murder 5k in jordan, it's ok. When the PLO and Syria kill 100,000 lebanese before 1981 (when Israel entered Lebanon), it was ok.

15 ) Hakim / Africa
09/07/2012 04:15
#9: "The next step should be to inspect the tunnels from Gaza to Egypt and ensure they are safe." I would not sleep tight, the world is keeping an eye on these illegal tunnels as well.

16 ) southparkbear / usa
09/07/2012 04:34
the good thing is that soon they will have election which will have nothing to do with the results.

17 ) mike / usa
09/07/2012 06:29
They sure like destroying people's homes and crops there don't they !
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