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Israel delivers stop-construction notice in Jordan Valley

Sept. 17, 2018 4:38 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 18, 2018 11:45 A.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities delivered a stop-construction notice to a building in the Kardala village, in the northern Jordan Valley in the West Bank, ordering halt of construction.

Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley's Israeli settlements file at the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that the Israeli authorities raided the Kardala village and delivered a stop-construction notice to a commercial building.

Bisharat added that the building included a medical clinic, kindergarten and women center.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, although the estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory are more easily given building permits and allowed to expand their homes and properties.

Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C -- the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control -- are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

Forming a third of the occupied West Bank and with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C, the Jordan Valley has long been a strategic area of land unlikely to return to Palestinians following Israel's occupation in 1967.

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