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Israeli forces demolished 7 homes in the southern West Bank yesterday

By Haley Paladino - June 19, 2014
Section: [Main News] [Life under Occupation]
Tags: [House Demolition]

Photo (archive) by Lazar Simeonov.

Seven houses, two sheds and a water well were demolished by Israeli forces yesterday, according to Ma'an News Agency.

Israeli military forces destroyed three houses and a well in the village of al-Khader near Bethlehem. No warning was given to the families inside, who, along with their live stock, now have no place to go.

An additional four houses and two sheds were destroyed by Israeli forces in Idhna, south of Hebron, according to the same news agency. The homes belonged to the Thaher family, who were similarly given no warning that the demolitions would occur.

Israeli forces cited a lack of building permits as the reason for these demolitions.

"They always have excuses, lack of permit," said Director of Youth Against Settlements Issa Amro. "But they don't give permits [to Palestinians]."

Amro suspects the demolitions may be related to Israel’s on going siege on West Bank cities, ostensibly in connection to search efforts for three Israeli teens who went missing last week. The Israeli army has carried out in Hebron, Nablus, Ramallah, Jenin and Birzeit. The total number of Palestinians arrested in the raids now totals around 300.

"They're making lives harder for the Palestinians... it's a kind of collective punishment for the Palestinian civilians," said Amro.

Demolitions of Palestinian homes is a part of daily life in the occupied West Bank. According to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, 248 Palestinian structures have been demolished this year, displacing a total of 492 Palestinians. 


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