In a written statement, the Israeli police said that they arrested the Palestinians, on the grounds of “suspicion that they are working for the security forces of the Palestinian Authority.”
Witnesses told Anadolu Agency that the police forces stormed the homes of Palestinians in multiple neighborhoods in Jerusalem, at dawn and morning, and arrested them and took them to investigate.
In the past months, the Israeli police have launched many arrests in the city of Jerusalem, in order to work for the Palestinian Authority.
In a related context, the Israeli municipality demolished, on Wednesday, a residential house in the town of Jabal Al-Mukabbir in East Jerusalem, due to unlicensed construction.
Israeli police forces, accompanied by a municipal team, arrived at the town, who carried out the demolition with a bulldozer.
Yassin Zaatara, the owner of the house, told Anadolu that he was staying with him, his wife, and his three children before being demolished.
Zaatara indicated that he built his house 8 years ago, but his relentless efforts failed to obtain a building permit from the Israeli municipality.
“We submitted all the documents for the permit and made every way to obtain a building permit, but we were surprised by a decision by the municipality to demolish the house and today they demolished it,” Zaatara said.
Since the beginning of this year, the Israeli authorities have intensified the demolitions of Palestinian homes due to the unauthorized construction.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories said that Israel demolished 62 buildings in East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year and until the first of last June, due to unlicensed construction.
In a report, it indicated that the recent demolitions had left 125 Palestinians homeless.
Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights organizations say that the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem is trying to limit the numbers of Palestinians in East Jerusalem by reducing the number of building permits granted to them, but it issues many building permits to Israeli settlers in the city.