Two Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank were forced, on Wednesday, to demolish their own homes to avoid paying exorbitant costs if the Israeli West Jerusalem municipality demolishes them, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

Local sources said that Mousa Bashir and Ammar Nassar, from Jabal al-Mokabber neighborhood, south of occupied East Jerusalem, received demolition orders with a deadline, from the West Jerusalem municipality, for construction without a permit, and both proceeded to demolish their homes by themselves.

In 2019, Israel demolished 686 homes in the West Bank, almost half of which were in Jerusalem, according to the Commission Against the Wall and Settlements.

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Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam