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Israel demolishes part of Palestinian cemetery in Jenin

Nov. 7, 2018 12:24 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 8, 2018 2:40 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished the outer wall of a Palestinian cemetery, on Wednesday, in the Thahr al-Malih village, southwest of the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin.

According to local sources, Israeli forces along with bulldozers stormed the village and demolished the outer wall of a local cemetery without any prior notice.

The reason for the demolition remained unknown.

Palestinian construction in Area C, in which the village is located, is completely forbidden.

More than 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, that is classified as Area C, is under full Israeli civilian and security control.

Palestinians are not allowed to build on their own private lands without nearly impossible-to-obtain Israeli-issued building permits.

The 1995 Oslo Accords between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israeli authorities divided the West Bank into Area A, B, and C. Area A, comprising the populated Palestinian cities and making up 18 percent of the West Bank, would be controlled by the newly formed PA, while Area B remained under Israeli army control with the PA controlling civil affairs.

Area C, the majority of the West Bank, however, was placed under full Israeli military control and contains the majority of natural resources and open spaces in the Palestinian territory.

The Israeli-controlled land was expected to be gradually transferred to the PA over a five-year period, according to the Oslo agreements. Yet, almost two decades later, the land has remained under Israeli control.
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