JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli authorities on Monday demolished four Palestinian homes in annexed East Jerusalem that had been built without construction permits, police and residents said.
A total of 20 people lived in the four buildings, two of them located in the al-Isawiya neighborhood and two in Beit Hanina, occupants told AFP.
They had been served demolition orders because they did not have the necessary construction permits, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.
She added the demolitions went ahead without incident.
Earlier, a local committee official told Ma'an that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers to the al-Isawiya neighborhood at around 6 a.m. and demolished a three-floor building belonging to Abdul-Hayy Dari.
In 2013, Israel destroyed 99 buildings in annexed East Jerusalem, leaving 298 people homeless, according to United Nations humanitarian affairs agency OCHA.
Palestinians and human rights groups in the city say Israel rarely grants the permits, forcing residents to build homes without them.
Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
A man looks for salvageable items amid the rubble of a house demolished
by Israeli authorities in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of east Jerusalem, on
January 27, 2014.(AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)