NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces and bulldozers demolished an agricultural structure east of the village of Beit Dajan in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.
Village council leader Nasser Abu Jeish told Ma’an that Israeli forces, escorted by a number of Israeli bulldozers, demolished a 200-square-meter agricultural structure owned by Beit Dajan resident Said Ahmad Abu Jeish, claiming that it was built without a permit.
Abu Jeish said that Israeli forces prevented the owner from removing equipment and agricultural material from the structure before the demolition, adding that the land where the structure had stood was then leveled.
The village leader added that the damages caused by the demolition amounted to thousands of shekels.
A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in Palestinian territory, told Ma’an that “enforcement measures were taken against illegal structures, which were built without the required permits in the Shechem region,” the Israeli term for the region of Nablus.
Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, although the estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers are more easily given building permits and allowed to expand their homes and properties.
Demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem have seen an unprecedented surge in recent months, as Israeli authorities demolished 769 Palestinian structures so far this year, in a large increase from 531 in all of 2015, according to UN documentation.