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Israel demolishes steel structures in Jordan Valley

Oct. 21, 2014 4:54 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 21, 2014 8:22 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished five steel Palestinian structures used for livestock and confiscated tractors in the Jordan Valley late Monday, locals told Ma'an.

Witnesses said bulldozers escorted by Israeli military forces entered the al-Jiftlik area of the Jordan Valley and destroyed structures belonging to Muhammad Abu Arram and Nader Abu Shahin.

A spokeswoman for COGAT, the Israeli defense ministry unit in charge of civil administration in the Palestinian territories, did not answer calls seeking comment.

Locals also told Ma'an that Israeli forces confiscated three tractors in the Wadi Baziq area of the Jordan Valley on Tuesday.

The tractors belonged to Muhammad Ali Nasrallah Hurub, Moussa Nasrallah Hurub, and Hayil Turkman Muhammad Nasrallah.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an she was looking into the incident.

Israel regularly demolishes Palestinian structures in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, usually under the pretext that they were built without the proper permits.

Permits are rarely granted to Palestinians seeking to build in the 60 percent of the West Bank under full military control.
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