JERUSALEM, April 14, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Tuesday demolished a four-storey building in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Jouz and a caravan in the nearby district of Beit Hanina, under the pretext of unpermitted construction, according to local sources.
WAFA correspondent said staff from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, accompanied by heavy machinery, arrived in the neighborhood in the early morning to demolish the building, which was still under construction.
Owner of the building, Akram Abu Shalbak, said an Israeli court was supposed on Tuesday to hear on a petition against the demolition order by the municipality, which ignored the session and proceeded with the demolition.
Meanwhile, Israeli police and heavy machinery broke into Beit Hanina, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and demolished a Palestinian privately-owned makeshift caravan, the owner Mohammad Shweki, told WAFA.
Issuance of construction permits for Palestinians living in Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control, is strictly limited, forcing Palestinians residing in such areas to embark on construction without obtaining a permit.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), between December 30, 2014 and January 12, 2015, the Israeli authorities demolished 27 Palestinian structures in Area C of the West Bank and five in East Jerusalem, in addition to two self demolition incidents, due to lack of Israeli-issued building permits.