Israeli occupation forces Palestinian to demolish his home near al-Aqsa

September 07, 2020

WEST BANK, September 6 – The Israeli occupation authorities forced on Saturday evening a Palestinian citizen to demolish his house near the Bab Al-Ghawanmeh gate, the northwestern gate of al-Aqsa Mosque.

Local sources reported that Hamed Hammad, who has been unemployed for six months, had to raze his 80-square-metre apartment, which is on the fourth floor.

Hammad explained that this apartment was built in 1998 and thus he was given a fine of 87,000 shekels ($25,800) followed by a fine of 20,000 shekels ($5,900) after a lengthy legal battle.  

Hammad added that he had applied for a building permit several times, the last of which was last month but was rejected each time.

Three months ago, the Israeli occupation authorities issued a demolition order against the house, Hammad pointed out, noting that since then his lawyer has been battling to postpone the demolition.