Israeli Forces Demolish Three Structures near Hebron

NABLUS,- Israeli army on Wednesday demolished three Palestinian-owned residential structures in the village of Um al-Kheir near Hebron, in southern West Bank, according to local and security sources.

An Israeli army force broke into the village and demolished three residential structures, used to shelter local Palestinian Bedouin families, after forcing their residents out of them. According to the sources, the military scuffled with the residents as they forced them out of their homes.

The Israeli authorities cited construction without permission as a pretext for the demolition.

The village is located in Area C of the West Bank, under complete Israeli civil and military control.

Issuance of construction permits by Israeli authorities for Palestinians in Area C, unlike for Israeli settlers, requires unreasonable fees that most Palestinians cannot afford to pay.

Over the course of 2015, Israel demolished 521 structures in Area C as well as in East Jerusalem, displacing 636 people, according to the UN monitoring group OCHA.

The vast majority of these demolitions were carried out on the grounds of construction without a permit. Between 2010 and 2014, only 1.5 percent of applications for building permits in Area C were approved by Israeli occupation authorities, OCHA adds.

The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD) explains in a special report that “in almost all cases Palestinians have no choice but to build ‘illegally’ as permits are almost impossible to obtain.”

“Many Palestinians have suffered multiple displacements, having lost their homes and livelihoods more than once. Forced displacement has a series of immediate and longer-term physical, socio-economic and psycho-social impacts on Palestinian families.”

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency