Pictures: Beit Hanina- The occupation authorities demolish a house and displace 7 individuals
February 22, 2017

The occupation municipality’s bulldozers demolished on Wednesday morning the house of Louai Awni Abu Rammouz in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina under the pretext of building without a permit.

Hanadi Abu Rammouz explained that the soldiers surrounded their house from all directions and were deployed in the roads. She said: “Immediately after storming into our house, they evacuated us by force and prevented us from taking out personal items; they did not even allow us to drink water. The soldiers threatened my husband with their weapons and pointed them to his stomach; he was not allowed to move inside his house. Two female soldiers stormed into the girls’ bedroom and evacuated them.”

The soldiers prevented the family from taking the school books and bags of their children and municipality crews started emptying the house of some of its contents while the rest were left behind only to be buried after the demolition was executed.

Louai Abu Rammouz explained that the house was built 7 years ago and the municipality had issued several demolition orders that were postponed every time. They also imposed building violation fines on the family twice which Louai was committed to paying. He said: “I tried to obtain a building permit but the costs were too high and procedures were complicated. Two week ago, the municipality held a session and decided to demolish the house. I was intending to appeal the decision today through my lawyer but was surprised by the demolition process taking place.”

Seven individuals live in the house of Louai Abu Rammouz (parents and five children; oldest is 17 and youngest is 3).