The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem demolished on Monday two Palestinian owned homes and damaged a third.

The center of Economic and Social Rights in Jerusalem announced that the houses were located near the old city and were the home of some 24 people.

The center added that police forces arrived with the municipality bulldozers and forced the two families out then demolished the two homes. An old lady was taken to hospital after she was attacked by police officers, witnesses told local media.

The witnesses added that while bulldozers are demolishing the two homes a third one next to them was damaged. The Israeli municipality says the homes lack the proper licensing.

Since Israel occupied the city of Jerusalem in 1967 it has rarely given Palestinian residents permissions to build homes. Meanwhile it continues to build Jewish settlements in and around Jerusalem, an act which is illegal according to international law.