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Hamas to demolish 75 houses built on public lands
Published Tuesday 12/02/2013 (updated) 14/02/2013 18:21
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Members of the Abu Amrah family in Gaza City demonstrated Tuesday in front of offices of the Palestinian Legislative Council protesting a decision by the Hamas-run government to demolish 75 houses belonging to the family in the al-Rimal neighborhood.

The government says it decided to demolish the houses because they were illegally built on public lands. The demolition is scheduled to be conducted Wednesday morning.

"We are refugees and we have been living in this area for tens of years," Abu Salah Abu Amra told Ma'an. He highlighted that the PLC in Gaza suggested five new areas where the families could choose to move.

But he said all these areas are underpopulated border areas and have no services. He urged officials in the Gaza government to suggest moving the families to populated areas, preferably not far from where they live now. He noted that it would be very difficult to send their children to schools if they live in remote areas.

Another resident, Hazim Abu Hmeid, who lives in the area slated for demolition, appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas and Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh to annul the demolition highlighting that 75 families will be left homeless.

"Demolition will take place Wednesday morning, and when our children come back from school, they will not know where to go because by the time they arrive, their houses will have disappeared. The only place they will have is the street in this cold winter time."

A spokeswoman in the Gaza land department, Amal Shamali, told Ma'an that the alternative places the government suggested are populated and have services.

She pointed out that her department contacted dignitaries from the Abu Amrah family several months ago, and suggested that they move to either al-Andalus neighborhood in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, or to the Beisan housing project in the north. They opposed moving to Beisan, and so it was decided to move the families to al-Andalus neighborhood.

Months ago, the Gaza land department demolished another area belonging to the same family, and offered the residents tracts of land in the northern Gaza Strip to be bought by installments. Some families agreed while 36 families refused the offer.
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1 ) Trond Pedersen / Norway
12/02/2013 21:31
Is the Gaza government using the same methods of house demolition as their colleagues in the Israeli government?

2 ) matt / usa
12/02/2013 22:06
Illegaly built houses. I see.

3 ) Bring back / David and Samson
12/02/2013 22:31
How dare these occupying Philistines demolish homes of Jewish soil.

4 ) Herb Glatter / USA
12/02/2013 22:40
Arab homes being demolished by Jews - oops by Arabs!

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
12/02/2013 22:50
So NO ONE can accuse me of bias, let me also say it's sickening for these Palestinians' homes to be demolished in Gaza as in Israel (and also equally as bad in the previous area of the same family). Gaza is basically its own autonomous Palestinian area even though the U.N. would probably also recognize it as part of the State of Palestine. Currently (and unfortunately), it appears all Abbas can do is strongly ask Hamas to change its demolition plans or offer them acceptable space.

6 ) charliehebdo / usa
12/02/2013 23:49
ha, israel demolishes a hut and the arab & muslim world are or fire. Hamas does 75 at once, move on. Israel should outsoource demolishing to hamas

7 ) now you / copy
12/02/2013 23:52
the filthy Jews?

8 ) PA / PLO
13/02/2013 01:25
My guess is that zionists penetrated Hamas and Gaza government.

9 ) Double Standard / Law Enforcement
13/02/2013 03:29
If it was the Jewish State of Israel doing this, instead of the Muslim State of Gaza, then the Maan story would have used "human rights, or ethnic cleansing", and possibly even "genocide", making the double standard for law enforcement, and like self-defense relatively clear !!!

10 ) Robby / USA
13/02/2013 03:31
This means nothing to the Arab world, just like the hundreds of dead Palestinians in Syria. No one cares. If it doesn't involved Israel it simply does not matter.

11 ) Joop / Netherlands
13/02/2013 13:32
A sensitive subject indeed. Disputes over property take place in every country. The way the Gazan authorities handle this case is unacceptable. But at least they are an authority that is democratically elected by the inhabitants and not a military rule of some occupying rogue state. I hope a better solution will be found. Otherwise the houses will be flattened by now. BTW plenty of zionist readers of Ma'an News. By now it should be clear to them that the Israel-project is coming to a grinding ha

12 ) BAZS / USA
13/02/2013 15:20
It is Pals decision on Pals land. In this case, they are offering somewhere else to go. Do the Zionists do that? As a point of law however, what Pals do on Pals land is their right. But Zs have no right to do anything over the Greenline and it has got to stop soon. When law prevails all the new homes will be Pals in long run. Will Zs stay when that happens? Jews will, because they did before Zs got here. Zs are - lawless - wrong - against Prophets See Daniel 7:19-27, 11:36-45 BAZS.NET

13 ) @ BAZS-12 / USA
13/02/2013 21:04
-a- I AGREE that "what Pals do on Pals land is their right",
PROVIDED THAT IT IS legally PERMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT,
whether that be the Hamas, the PA, or the Israeli Government, but
-b- It is an entirely different matter regarding "what Pals do on
LAND" CLAIMED, BUT NEVER OWNED, OR on DISPUTED lands, and
-c- "In long run," even the Sun will grow cold too, and that seems more likely, before "all the new homes will be Pals" !!!

14 ) geula / usa
17/02/2013 20:16
HOW COME THIS IS NOT PARADED IN THE "FAIR AND BALANCED CNN, ABC, CBS, ETC,ETC,ETC??????

15 ) SGT / USA
18/02/2013 02:38
Where will this sickness end?
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