Demolishing houses and barracks and sweeping lands in Al-Tur and Esawyeh
August 26, 2013

The Israeli bulldozers demolished on Monday residential apartments and barracks and swept lands in the villages of Al-Tur and Esawyeh in Jerusalem.


Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that Israeli bulldozers targeted the areas that are at risk of being seized in favour of the “National Park 11092 A” project in Al-Tur and Esawyeh through seizing 740 Dunoms from the citizens’ lands.


The Israeli forces surrounded the villages of Al-Tur and Esawyeh since the early morning hours and prevented the locals and journalists from approaching the area.




The bulldozers demolished two houses in Khallet Al-Ein in Al-Tur that belong to Aldayeh family and a residential building that is under construction and belongs to Abu Sbitan family.


Zakariya Aldayeh explained that he was surprised when the forces raided his home to execute the demolition process under the pretext of building without a permit, knowing that he has a court decision to postpone the demolition until next October.


Zakariya Aldayeh pointed out that he tried to present the court order that he has to the forces but they refused to consider it and rather assaulted him and sprayed him with pepper gas spray which led to some burns.


The two houses are owned by Zakariya Aldayeh and his brother Abdelazziz, and they are 120 square meters; the demolition process let to the displacement of 12 individuals. They were built 6 years ago on the family’s land and the municipality imposed a 20-thousand NIS fine which has been paid in full, and then imposed another 60-thousand NIS fine.


When the bulldozers finished demolishing the two houses, they started demolishing a residential building that is under construction which is owned by Maher Abu Sbitan and is 250 square meters that consists of 2 floors (4 residential apartments).


In the village of Esawyeh, bulldozers demolished two sheep barracks this morning that belong to Al-Natsheh family, in addition to demolishing a scrap barracks and an office for Gheith family. A 2-Dunom land was also swept and fruitful trees were removed.