A Palestinian resident of the Jabal al Mukabbir neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, tore down his home after he received a demolition order from the Israeli authorities, said a local official.

Fateh movement’s secretary general in Jabal al-Mukabbir, Iyad Bashir, told WAFA that Sultan Bashir got the demolition order for his 50-square-meter house a month ago, under the pretext of proximity to the US embassy, which is illegally located in Jerusalem.

Bashir was forced to demolish his own house to avoid paying exorbitant costs, should the Israeli West Jerusalem municipality have to carry out the task.