Israeli police forces razed, on Wednesday, a Palestinian house in East Jerusalem, shortly before the owner arrived with a court order halting the demolition, AFP claimed. Israeli police and one bulldozer demolished on Wednesday a house in the al-Tur neighborhood, near the Mount of Olives, East Jerusalem.
The incident took place just before the house owner Abed Zablah, father of five, got home with an order issued, early on Wednesday, by the Jerusalem District Court demanding a stop to the demolition. No immediate comment was made by the Israeli police.
In the meantime, Israeli troops, stationed in the Jordan Valley, destroyed two Palestinian buildings and a tent in Massu’a, southwest of Nablus, near the border with Jordan, a military spokesman said.
According to Israeli authorities, the buildings had been erected illegally on public land. However, rights groups claim it is almost impossible for Palestinians to get permits to build in annexed East Jerusalem.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, nevertheless the international community has never recognized it as part of Israel.