Israeli bulldozers, protected by Israeli forces, yesterday demolished 12 Palestinian houses in the town of Qalandiya to the north of Jerusalem, after imposing a closure on the town.
IDF soldiers assaulted the mayor of the town, Yousef Awadallah, who was hospitalized. Another journalist who was covering the demolitions was also assaulted.
Medical sources said seven Palestinians were injured during clashes.
Israeli occupation forces have handed demolition orders to owners of houses stating they were built without a permit, however, Israel makes it very difficult for Palestinians to attain these. The houses are located near the separation wall which Israel is building on lands confiscated from Palestinians in the West Bank.
Mr. Abulhummous, a member of the town’s committee said Israeli forces stormed the town at 4am, demolishing a house, a workshop and two walls in Jerusalem’s town of Isssaweh, claiming they were built without permits.