Arrests and injuries…the municipality demolishes two apartments for the Karameh family in Al-Tur
January 25, 2022

On Tuesday, the occupation municipality demolished two apartments for the Karameh family in the town of Al-Tur, under the pretext of building without a permit.

The occupation forces arrested 5 young men, and wounded 9 Palestinians with rubber bullets and beatings. The Palestinian Red Crescent stated that it had transferred 6 wounded to hospital for treatment.

The occupation municipality crews, accompanied by the occupation forces and the police, stormed the house of the Karameh family in the town of Al-Tur, and completely emptied the contents of two apartments. Hours later, the bulldozer stormed the site and started demolishing them.

During the demolition and emptying process, the occupation forces assaulted the Karameh family members, the young men present, and the press crews by beating, pushing, and randomly firing sound bombs and rubber bullets. The ambulance crews were prevented from reaching the injured for more than two hours.

Mohammad Karameh - the owner of the property - explained that the construction has been in place since 2001, and financial violations amounting to 350,000 shekels were imposed on him, and 200,000 shekels were paid in "court fees", in addition to lawyers' fees. A session was scheduled to be held with the mayor this week to discuss the case of the two apartments, but it was postponed due to the weather conditions, and in the morning Mohammad was surprised by the storming of the two apartments to carry out their demolition without warning.

Karameh added that during the process of emptying the two apartments, he was able to issue to obtaina decision to freeze the demolition, but the municipality inspector contacted the court judge and asked him to approve the demolition and cancel the freezing decision.

Karameh added that an apartment was completely ready for his son's wedding, scheduled for the 16th of March, and the second apartment was inhabited by 20 family members. Today, they are homeless.