Near the excavation site lies Silwan, a suburb of East Jerusalem predominantly inhabited by Palestinians. Several homes belonging to some of these Palestinians in Silwan had just been demolished.
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli bulldozers escorted by Jerusalem municipality inspectors and Israeli police stormed two Jerusalem-area Palestinian neighborhoods of Silwan and Beit Hanina on Tuesday morning and demolished at least seven structures for lacking the required Israeli-issued permits.
In Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, bulldozers demolished several structures belonging to the Abu al-Hamam and Abu Tayih families.
One of the owners, Arafat Abu al-Hamam, told Ma’an that Israeli forces demolished a single-room house measuring 36 square meters and three stores measuring 75 square meters each. The structures, he said, were built eight years ago. (Ma'an News Agency.)