Jerusalem courts have ordered the release of 13 Palestinians and five Israelis arrested last night in Sheikh Jarrah, their attorneys say.
Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian home in the flashpoint neighborhood before dawn this morning. The municipality expropriated the land and plans to build a school on top of it.
On Monday, Israeli police arrived at the scene and sought to evict the family. The family patriarch, Mahmoud Salihiya, threatened to set himself and his house ablaze if they were evicted, leading the cops to delay the eviction until 3 a.m. this morning.
Five Israelis were arrested during the police raid; all were released on bail this morning, their lawyer Leah Tsemel says.
Palestinian attorney Anwar Bashir tells The Times of Israel that the Jerusalem District Court ordered the 13 arrested Palestinians — including Mahmoud and his immediate family — to be released as well.
The police have appealed the release of five of the detainees and their case will be heard tomorrow before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s court, Bashir says.