Israeli occupation authorities compelled, on Tuesday, a Palestinian family to demolish their home, in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of the occupied city of Jerusalem, local sources reported.

Local citizen Mohammad al-Saud, embarked on demolishing his family home, which was built many years ago, where he and five other family members live.

If the Israeli municipality demolished the home, al-Saud would be forced to pay excessive fees for the use of its crews and equipment.

Al-Saud chose to demolish the home himself to avoid paying the inordinate cost to the Municipality.

The Israeli occupation uses the pretext of non-licensing to demolish Palestinian homes, at the same time denying permission to Palestinian applications.

Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem are denied the right to build, which gives them no choice but to build without permission from the occupation authorities.

According to the latest report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), between January and March of 2023, occupation authorities demolished or their owners’ demolished 79 structures, 76 of which were demolished under the pretext of having no permit.

“In East Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities demolished or forced people to demolish 79 structures, all but three of the structures were targeted for lacking Israeli-issued building permits. This is double the number of structures demolished during the same period of 2022.” – OCHA

“The number of demolished structures in East Jerusalem during the first quarter of 2023 is more than double the same period in 2022 and is the highest since April 2019.” – OCHA