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Seven Palestinian houses demolished across the West Bank and East Jerusalem


By Marta Feirra - April 05, 2016
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On Monday Israeli forces demolished seven Palestinian homes. Three of the houses belonged to Palestinians who had carried attacks on Israeli in the village of Qabatiya, and another four homes that were built without permits were torn down.

In the village of Surif, north of Hebron, Israeli forces demolished a home belonging to Azzam Mahmoud Gheimat, who lived there with his family of seven.

Gheimat told Ma’an News that Israeli bulldozers arrived under military escort and prevented his family from taking anything out of the house. He said he didn’t know about the demolition order, and that soldiers assaulted his family members and neighbours after a fight broke out.

In Khirbet al-Marajim, near the West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli forces torn down two houses belonging to Jamal al-Taweel and Hisham al-Jibrawi. According to local settlement activity monitors the demolitions happened without prior notice.

In East Jerusalem Israeli forces demolished a home belonging to Abed al-Basit Abu Rmeila.  The house was built five months before, and was considered to be illegal for not having the necessary permit.  

Meanwhile, three houses were demolished in the village of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, as a punishment for an attack carried out in Jerusalem by three young Palestinians.

The attack, carried out in February at Damascus Gate, killed an Israeli Border Policewoman. The three attackers were shot dead.

Residents of Qabatiya told Ma’an News that four bulldozers, escorted by more than 60 Israeli army jeeps, stormed the village and demolished the homes of Ahmad Zakarnah, Ahmad Abu al-Rub, and Muhammad Kameel.

Clashes between the Israeli army and locals broke out, leaving five Palestinians injured from live and rubber-coated steel bullets, locals said.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said the practice of demolishing attacks’ houses amounts to collective punishment, carried out on family members who have not committed crimes in “court-sanctioned revenge.”

The recent demolitions are part of one of the most extensive demolition campaigns in the West Bank in the last years. According to UN figures, the demolitions left more than 650 Palestinians in the last three months.


 

 

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