Bethlehem- This morning, Tuesday, the Israeli occupation forces demolished at least 11 housing units distributed in 4 buildings built on both sides of the apartheid wall, in the Wadi al-Hummus area between the towns of Dar Salah, east of Bethlehem and Sur Baher in occupied Jerusalem.
And the resident of the area, Muhammad Abu Tir, confirmed – to Al-Jazeera Net – that about 400 soldiers of the occupation army stormed the area at five in the morning, and began to remove Palestinian citizens from occupied apartments to begin demolishing them.
Abu Tir said that there is another residential building consisting of 6 apartments and a parking lot, which the occupation has begun to demolish close to the wall from the side of the occupied West Bank.
Abu Tir confirmed that the occupation forces cut the wall, which is in the form of a barbed wire, and stormed the area from both sides, accompanied by about 10 bulldozers and military and other equipment for demolition, and hundreds of soldiers. A “According to the Oslo Accords, that is, it is administratively and security affiliated to the Palestinian Authority.
For his part, the head of the Wadi Homs Services Committee Hamada Hamada told Al Jazeera Net that the occupation authority invoked today the existence of a decision from the Supreme Court for the demolition process, under the pretext of being close to the separation wall.
Hamada indicated that the occupation forces – in mid-2019 – simultaneously demolished 100 apartments, and completely displaced 6 families, on the pretext that the area is also close to the wall, and the demolitions were in areas classified as “A” and “B” at that time. .
Licensed Residential Units
Although many of the housing units were licensed by the Palestinian Ministry of Local Government, according to Hamadeh, the demolition took place, and the residents were compensated by the Palestinian Authority with monthly payments.
Hamada states that the population of the area is about 6,000, out of 30,000 residing in the town of Sur Baher in occupied Jerusalem. The demolition, and these were not compensated financially by anyone.