Israeli soldiers on Thursday demolished a Palestinian home in occupied East Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins.
An Israeli army spokesman said the military discovered the home of a man who lived there after a complaint from the residents.
He did not give further details.
Residents of the home said the house belonged to a father and his wife who lived in the neighborhood of al-Dalwiya in the northern West Bank.
The army said it had demolished the house.
The Israeli military has been under fire from Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank over the last year for demolishing homes and evicting residents, in a practice called “price tag” that was banned by international law.
The practice has led to an escalation in violence in the city.
Israel has been using “price tags” to target Palestinian homes in East, West and central Jerusalem, with residents frequently receiving compensation in the form of property.
The military has repeatedly targeted Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem in recent months, demolishing hundreds of homes in an apparent effort to make it easier for settlers to build homes there.
Palestinians say they are not allowed to build in East and West Jerusalem, which they see as an illegal annexation of the territory they have lived in for generations.
Israel, which captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war, says it is the only country in the region that considers the Jewish and Muslim holy sites holy.
Israel says it needs the territories to defend itself against threats posed by the Palestinians and the Muslim Brotherhood.
But the West’s official Palestinian rights group, Addameer, said Israeli forces regularly used “price-tag” demolitions in East Palestinians.
“The demolition of houses, demolitions of structures, the destruction of the homes and the uprooting of the families, it is an act of war,” Addameed said in a statement.
Israel’s security cabinet on Tuesday approved a policy to expand the number of soldiers patrolling the West bank.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the cabinet meeting that he wants to “expand the security measures in the West and in Jerusalem.”
“We will expand security measures against those who violate the law, who commit crimes against the state of Israel, who attempt to divide the state,” he said.
In a statement, Addimeer said that “price tagging” has become a “common tactic” and that it was “not the first time Israeli forces have targeted Palestinians, as evidenced by the actions of Israeli forces in recent weeks.”
The Israeli army did not immediately respond to a request for comment.