Handing Siam family an administrative demolition order for two buildings in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan
August 20, 2014

The municipality crews and under heavy protection from the Israeli forces hung on Wednesday administrative demolition orders on two buildings in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan under the pretext of building without a permit. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the two buildings are owned by Hammoudeh Siam and his brother Mahran. Hammoudeh explained that the two residential buildings were established 10 years ago where the first building consists of two floors (four residential apartments) and 12 people reside in it with a total area of 540 square meters, while the second building which is owned by Mahran consists of one apartment where 7 people live and has an area of 135 square meters. Hammoudeh Siam added that his mother built both buildings ten years ago and a demolition order was issued since. He explained that his mother was fined 650 thousand NIS (building violation fee) which she actually paid over the years. Two years his mother passed away and the occupation authorities continued to harass them by issuing demolition orders. He also added that the family attempted through all those years to obtain a building permit for both buildings and had paid over 20 thousand dollars for lawyers and engineers but the municipality refused to license the buildings under the pretext that the land is “green” and construction is not allowed.  

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