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Israeli forces prevent renovations in Hebron's Old City

Aug. 31, 2018 12:11 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 31, 2018 2:47 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces ordered on Thursday a Palestinian family in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, to stop reconstruction on their home, and detained the workers.

According to Hebron's Palestinian Reconstruction Commission, Israeli forces raided Ishaq Maharmeh's house in the Old City of Hebron, that is under full Israeli control, and ordered him to stop reconstruction and maintenance work at the house.

Sources confirmed that Israeli forces stopped reconstruction work under the pretext that Maharmeh must obtain a military permission issued by the Israeli Civil Administration first.

Israeli forces detained several workers who were working on renovation inside Maharmeh's home. However, their identities remained unknown.

The Palestinian Civil Liaison said that it was informed of the military decision to prevent the repair work.

The liaison added that efforts are being made to remove the decision so that the Reconstruction Commission could complete the reconstruction.

The commission tries to help Palestinian residents of the Old City of Hebron with renovating their homes, in order to prevent people from leaving their homes, as Israel plans to take over Palestinian homes and transfer ownership to Israeli settlers.

Hebron's flash-point Old City has been declared a "closed military zone" by the Israeli army since November 2015, and all non-resident Palestinians have been prevented from entering the area.

Palestinians residing in the Old City were required to register under a number system following the declaration in order to pass through the 17 military checkpoints that crisscross the area.

The around 800 Israeli settlers living illegally in the area have been able to move freely.

Despite being located in the center of Hebron city, which is under Palestinian jurisdiction, the Old City is located in an area designated as “H2” and is under full Israeli military control.

The around 40,000 Palestinians in H2 report frequent and often violent harassment by Israeli settlers attempting to push locals out of the Old City, and harsh restrictions imposed by the military prevent Palestinians from carrying out daily activity.

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