Israeli occupation forces tear down Palestinian home, displace 18 residents

Israeli occupation forces tear down Palestinian home, displace 18 residents

Israeli occupation forces have displaced a Palestinian family in al-Quds neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah before tearing down their home, while assaulting them and several activists.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Israeli occupation forces have displaced a Palestinian family in al-Quds neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah before tearing down their home, while assaulting them and several activists.

Israeli forces cleared everyone from the site before dawn on Wednesday, when a mechanical digger tore down the property of Mahmoud Salhiyeh.

The Israeli police cordoned off the area where the house was located during and after the demolition.

Local sources said a large number of police forces stormed the house and arrested 20 activists and six individuals from the 18-member Salhiyeh family, including Mahmoud.

They assaulted the other members of the family, including his nine-year-old daughter and her aunt.

Yasmin Salhiyeh, a resident of the house and another daughter of Mahmoud, said that the Israeli forces had cut off electricity from the house as they raided it, and started firing tear gas to block everyone’s vision.

According to Quds News Network, Mahmoud was asleep when they stormed the house to arrest him, and they didn’t let him put a jacket or shoes on, despite the heavy rain and cold temperature.

Israeli forces also fired rubber-coated metal bullets at journalists and supporters who were outside the house.

Mohammed Salhiyeh, a relative said that he had been unable to contact Mahmoud or anyone else who lived in the house.

“Their phones are all off, we can’t reach them,” he said. “They didn't have a plan to go anywhere, they didn't think it was an option.”

Sheikh Jarrah has been the scene of frequent crackdowns by Israeli forces on Palestinians protesting the displacement of dozens of Palestinian families from their homes.


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