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Palestinian family left homeless after demolition in Tubas

Feb. 19, 2019 11:58 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 20, 2019 10:46 A.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces evicted a Palestinian family, on Tuesday, after demolishing their tent in the Ras al-Ahmar area, southeast of the Tubas district, in the northern Jordan Valley.

Local sources said that prior to carrying out the demolition, Israeli forces surrounded the tent, which belongs to Jihad Beni Odeh, and evicted his entire family.

The demolition was carried out under the pretext that it was built without the nearly-impossible to obtain Israeli permit.

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% 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% 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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