The Israeli municipal staff handed demolition orders to thirty Palestinian households in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-“Isawiya, under the pretext of construction without a permit, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Local activist, Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, and member of the follow-up committee, stated that staff of the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, delivered 30 orders to demolish Palestinian structures and homes, in the southern occupied West Bank neighborhood.

Abu al-Hummus added that the municipality staff took photos of some of the structures slated for demolition, some which are under construction, while others have occupants.

The Israeli occupation authorities have escalated their punitive policy of collective punishment against the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank.

The incidents of home demolition has increased in recent weeks, and the Israeli pretext is the same; building without an Israeli permit, which Palestinians have great difficulty obtaining.

According to the latest report from the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), twenty-one Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits; 30 people, including 13 children, were displaced and the livelihoods of more than 90 others were affected.