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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in Jordan Valley

Jan. 17, 2019 12:04 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2019 12:35 P.M.)
JORDAN VALLEY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian home, on Wednesday, in the Jordan Valley in the northern occupied West Bank.

Aref Daraghmeh, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the area, reported that Israeli bulldozers demolished a house in the Fasayel area of the Jordan Valley.

The house belongs to local Adnan Abu Kharbish, and consists of three bedrooms, a kitchen and facilities.

Daraghmeh added that Abu Kharbish's house was demolished under the pretext that it was built without the nearly-impossible to obtain Israeli permit.

Earlier Wednesday, Israeli forces had demolished a caravan in the same area.
Forming a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C -- under full Israeli military control -- the Jordan Valley has long been a strategic area of land unlikely to return to Palestinians following Israel's occupation in 1967.

Demolitions of Palestinian infrastructure and residences occur frequently in Area C, with Bedouin and herding communities being particularly vulnerable to such policies.

Israel almost never gives Palestinians permission to build in land classified as Area C -- the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli control -- leaving residents no choice but to build their homes without permits who "live in constant fear of their homes and livelihoods being destroyed," Israeli rights group B'Tselem has said.
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