Israeli forces demolish Palestinian domicile in East Jerusalem
Published Tuesday 29/04/2014 (updated) 30/04/2014 09:43
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished a steel structure which used to house members of Maslamani family in al-Tur neighborhood east of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Locals told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops and inspectors of the municipality of Jerusalem accompanied bulldozers to al-Hardoub square in the area. The soldiers surrounded a steel structure housing members of the family and ordered them to evacuated the house before it was demolished.
Witnesses say Israeli officers forcibly evacuated the family and beat them including elderly people and women. The owner’s son Omar al-Maslamani and another man identified as Ibrahim Shweiki were beaten and detained before bulldozers started to tear down the structure.
The owner of the house, Abu Omar al-Maslamani, says he built it in April 2013. The house is 60 square meters and made of aluminum, tin sheets and gypsum boards.
In February, the Israeli Central Court of Jerusalem ordered the demolition of steel structures used by the family.
Omar al-Maslamani told Ma’an at the time that the court rejected an appeal by the family and informed him and his father that they should demolish the structures in 60 days. Otherwise the municipality demolition teams will do the job and the family will have to pay the costs, he said.
The Jerusalem municipality, he added, had been trying to confiscate the family’s tract of land to use it for a public road. The road’s plan was submitted to the Knesset in 2000 and it was not approved.