Day 81: Al-Aqsa Flood Operation in the city of Jerusalem
December 26, 2023

On the 81st day of “Al-Aqsa Flood Operation”, the occupation municipality forced a Jerusalemite family to self-demolish its commercial store, while the occupation authorities continued to impose their siege on Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the forces continued their campaigns of arrests and raids in the city of Jerusalem.

Demolishing a commercial store

The Ja’abis family self-demolished their commercial store in the village of Jabal al-Mukabber, by decision of the occupation municipality.

The Ja’abis family explained that their commercial store was established in 2017, and a “building violation without a license” worth 80,000 shekels was imposed on it.

The family added that they tried to license the business from which 13 people make a living, but every time the license was rejected, and many new procedures were required.

The family explained that a session was supposed to be held in court on 30/10/2023, but due to the “state of emergency in the war,” the session was canceled, and the final demolition decision was issued, as the municipality gave them until mid-December to carry out the demolition.

During the past few days, the family emptied the contents of the store and was forced to sell the goods at the lowest prices in order to carry out the demolition, in order to avoid paying financial fines.

The siege of Al-Aqsa continues

The occupation authorities also continued to impose their siege on Al-Aqsa Mosque, imposing severe restrictions and stationing themselves at the gates of Al-Aqsa, and preventing worshipers from entering it, with the exception of small numbers, most of whom are women and the elderly.

Settlers' raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque also continued, guarded by the occupation forces, which take place during the morning and afternoon raids, and 102 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards on Tuesday.

Raids and arrests

The occupation forces continued to raid towns and neighborhoods in Jerusalem. They also continued to carry out arrests from the city, and transferred some for interrogation in cells.