Israeli troops reportedly demolished, earlier on Tuesday, a number of Palestinian-owned buildings, including a residential home and six stores, in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem.
Local Palestinian residents told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that two Israeli army bulldozers, backed by an Israeli army force, began bulldozing six stores that are under construction in the Jabal Al-Mukaber neighborhood.
Resident Mohammad Za’atra, owner of the now-destroyed buildings, told WAFA that the stores have been under construction for the past couple of months and that the demolition came under the pretext of lacking an Israeli authorities’ permit.
He said that the stores were built for residential and commercial purposes, but earlier today, he was shocked to see them all being demolished by the occupying Israeli troops.
Local sources in the Jabal Al-Mukaber neighborhood have recently suggested that this neighborhood, particularly, has been exposed to a series of Israeli actions, over the past several weeks.
Also in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli troops demolished a home belonging to Ahmad Abu Diyab, in the Silwan neighborhood, south of the occupied city.
Local sources in Silwan reported that the demolished home was shelter for seven family members, including five children, before Israel demolished it, forcibly displacing its inhabitants. No further details were reported.