In pictures: the occupation demolishes a house in Silwan and a farm in Esawyeh
September 21, 2015

The occupation municipality’s bulldozers demolished on Monday an under-construction house in Silwan and a farm in the village of Esawyeh. Silwan Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation forces along with the municipality’s crews and bulldozers raided the neighborhood of “Sweih” in Ras Al-Amoud in Silwan and closed it down and then proceeded with the demolition of an under-constriction house owned by Hussein Yousef Abbasi. Abbasi family explained that the municipality demolished the 70-square meters house without prior notice under the pretext of building without a permit. The family added that they started building the house several years ago so Hussein can live in it with his family members. During the demolition, the forces harassed the students of schools in Silwan as they were heading to school in the morning and limited clashes broke out in the Schools’ Street in which the forces fired sound grenades and rubber bullets towards the students. Esawyeh In a related matter, the occupation’s bulldozers demolished a farm owned by Saed Obeid in the village of Esawyeh. The farm is located within the lands at risk of being confiscated in favor of the so-called “national parks” Saed Obeid explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the occupation forces and police raided the farm and prevented his father and brother from approaching the farm. They closed the roads leading to the farm and started to empty it from 50 sheep which ran away towards the surrounding lands. The forces prevented the family from following and capturing the sheep due to the presence of military personnel in the area. Obeid added that the farm consists of two rooms with an area of 100 square meters and has been established for 10 years. The lawyer was supposed to submit all of the farm’s papers and documents to the municipality on Tuesday to stop the demolition. Obeid added that his land is located in the eastern part of the village of Esawyeh which is the area at risk of being confiscated in favor of the so-called “Nature and Parks Authority’s projects” which aims at turning the lands into national parks. Two families consisting of eleven individuals lived off the farm. Obeid said: “demolishing the farm today without prior notice is part of the collective punishment policy imposed on the locals of Esawyeh that face daily raids, closures of entrances and establishment of checkpoints, demolition of establishments and random arrest.”

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