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Israeli forces deliver demolition orders in Jordan Valley

Oct. 20, 2015 10:45 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 20, 2015 1:42 P.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday delivered demolition orders to two Palestinian families in the northern Jordan Valley, notifying them that their tin shacks and tents would be destroyed in less than a month.

Local sources said the structures belonged to the families of Lutfi Muhammad Bani Audah and Muhammad Ali Bisharat and would be destroyed on Nov. 8.

The families said that the structures slated for demolition were built several years ago and that they have official deeds to prove their ownership of the land.

Under the Oslo Accord, building permits must be approved by the Israeli Civil Administration for construction to take place in Area C.

As a result of rarely-approved permits, Palestinians are often forced to build structures without permits, which are liable to be torn down later by Israeli forces.

Last year Israel demolished 601 Palestinian-owned structures, displacing 1,215 people.

The UN said it was the highest annual number of people affected by the policy since it began keeping records in 2008.

In August, a group of UN officials issued a joint statement condemning home demolitions, and calling for an immediate freeze on the practice across the occupied West Bank.
Joe Fattal / USA
The country is in chaos on a brink of a larger scale unrest, civil war, holy war and the Israeli forces are delivering eviction noitices. I laugh when I read it.
20/10/2015 16:26
myra / canada
The reality is the world more and more everyday is supporting the Palestinians as having the rights to rise up and fight for freedoms against the illegal occupation.and this will continue to grow until the state of Palestine and its people are free.
20/10/2015 23:24
Billy Bragg / UK
@Joe Fattal: ''eviction notices'', it's called ''the long game''. It is forward planning by the Jewish State of Israel for the next 250 years, get used to it.
21/10/2015 12:22
Violet / UK
Nice play on words Billy, normally "the long game" a term used by the criminal fraternity relating to complex fraud.
21/10/2015 20:52
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