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The Jerusalem Municipality yesterday demolished four illegally constructed buildings in East Jerusalem.

Still, the total number of building razed this year for lack of necessary construction permits is the lowest in a decade - 15 compared with dozens in previous years.

Mayor Nir Barkat said recently that the municipality has refrained from razing buildings constructed without the necessary permits, in accordance with instructions from the Prime Minister's Bureau.

Two of the buildings demolished yesterday were in Issawiya, a neighborhood north of the city, where clashes between youths and police have been on the rise recently. One of the buildings, according the municipality, was not occupied, and was built where a road was planned. The other building served as a printing press.

Several hours after the demolition, a firebomb was thrown at a vehicle carrying students of the Hebrew University, and four were injured.

Another home was razed in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarah. It had been built on the second floor of an existing building. The municipality said that it was built out of materials which were unauthorized.

An empty building was also destroyed in the neighborhood of Shuafat.

"The municipality is carrying out court orders and keeps its obligations in line with the law, in the eastern and western parts of the city, equally, according to annual plans," according to a statement issued by the Jerusalem municipality.