West Bank, ALRAY - Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished buildings and structures in the Al-Baqaa neighborhood of Anata, east of the occupied city of Jerusalem, early Wednesday morning.
Local sources in the town reported that bulldozers, accompanied by occupation forces, stormed the village at 5:00 AM and began demolishing industrial facilities, an auto repair shop, and some buildings, including residential ones. Demolition operations are still ongoing as of the time of this news report.
The Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian buildings has been a contentious and heavily debated issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This policy involves the destruction of Palestinian homes, businesses, and other structures in the occupied territories, including east of Jerusalem and the West Bank. The Israelis give several stated reasons.
Critics of these demolitions noted that they are a violation of international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the destruction of property in occupied territories. They also noted that demolitions result in the displacement of Palestinian families, exacerbate tensions in the region, and hinder the prospects for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.