Israel issues more orders to demolish Palestinian apartments in East Jerusalem
The orders target 31 apartments providing shelter to more than 300 Palestinians.
The office of Hatim Abdul-Qader, Jerusalem Affairs advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Jerusalem municipality decided on Tuesday at night to demolish nine more homes in Al Thoury neighborhood, near Silwan town, south of the Al Aqsa Mosque.
The homes belong to the families of Zayyad, Al Bardaweel, and Aseela, and are providing shelter to more than seventy residents.
The office added that the orders include demolishing old homes and additions to them, and said that it would file a legal appeal at the Israeli High Court of Justice.
Furthermore, the Jerusalem municipality handed an owner of an apartment building an order to demolish his building which includes 22 apartments, and was constructed in 1999. The apartment building provides housing to 250 residents.
The office of Abdul-Qader said that there is a pending case at the High Court, and that the court should look into it in the coming few days.
In an interview with the Palestine News and Information Center (WAFA), Abdul-Qader said that the Jerusalem municipality is ongoing with its illegal violations against the Palestinians in Jerusalem, and is disregarding all international demands to stop these violations.
He added that this is a policy of ethnic cleansing against the Jerusalemite Palestinians and Arabs, and also said that the Palestinians will resist these violations and will remain steadfast in their homeland.