Israel army demolishes 18 Palestinian-owned structures

Israeli soldiers and Border Police stand guard while Israeli bulldozers demolish a Palestinian building (Wisam Hashlamoun - Flash90)

Middle East Monitor  /  January 16, 2023

The Israeli army, on Monday, demolished 18 Palestinian-owned structures north of Occupied East Jerusalem, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Speaking to Anadolu, Abdullah Salaheddin, the Director of the Hizma Municipality, said that without any prior notice, the Israeli army demolished the structures, which include stores and car maintenance workshops.

He added that the Israeli authorities claimed that the demolition was carried out to expand the road where the structures exist.

Salaheddin also said that more than 100 Palestinian families are affected by the demolitions.

Meanwhile, the official WAFA news agency reported that at least 15 Palestinians were detained by the Israeli forces from several areas in the Occupied West Bank.

Three Palestinians, including one child, were injured in Jenin and Bethlehem during the Israeli raids, according to the news agency.

The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.