The homeowner, Muhammad Ali Ubeidat, told Ma’an in Jerusalem that he had recently built the 40-square-meter room in the al-Salaa area of Jabal al-Mukabbir with plans to live there, but later decided to use the structure as a horse barn in the hopes that the municipality would not demolish it if no families were living inside.
Ubeidat added that outdoor walls and a gate made of steel bars belonging to his neighbor Riyad Shweiki were also demolished.
In a response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality told Ma’an that “the Jerusalem Zoning Authority dismantled an illegally constructed structure and fence in the Jabal Mukabbir neighborhood. No building permit applications were filed for the structures. Cease and desist orders were issued as early as March, since which time the owners have not exercised their right to appeal or apply for permits retroactively.”