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Israel to displace Palestinian families in Jericho refugee camp

Sept. 24, 2018 3:57 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 25, 2018 12:27 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities delivered stop-construction and evacuation notices to seven residential buildings in Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of the central occupied West Bank city of Jericho, on Monday.

Human rights activist, Aaref Daraghmeh, said that the Israeli authorities delivered stop-construction notices to seven residential buildings, under the pretext that they were built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permits.

Daraghmeh added that Palestinian families already reside in five of the seven buildings; he pointed out that the Israeli authorities ordered their evacuation by October 17th 2018.

According to the UNRWA website, most of the refugee camp is under full Palestinian control (Area A), with only a small part under Israeli control (Area C), the majority of which is agricultural land.

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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