Israeli soldiers demolished, on Tuesday morning, two Palestinian homes in Jabal al-Mokabber neighborhood, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, after surrounding the entire area.The demolished homes belong to residents Khaled al-Halasa and ‘Emad Abu Mayyala. Each home is 100 square/meters one floor building, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) said.

The two families have recently finished the construction of their homes, and were preparing to move in.

Local sources said that dozens of soldiers, police officers and personnel of the Jerusalem city council, accompanied by a number of bulldozers and armored vehicles, invaded the area, and demolished the two homes.

The army claims the homes have been built without construction permits.

On Wednesday, December 24, the army demolished a barn in the at-Tour village, in occupied East Jerusalem, and a wall surrounding a Palestinian land in Mount of Olives area.

The demolition of homes and civilian property is an act of collective punishment that violates International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory, and all related humanitarian treaties.