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Israel orders demolition, construction halt to several homes in Hebron

Feb. 26, 2019 4:38 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2019 4:45 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces delivered a halt-of-construction notice to an agricultural road in the Ithna town, west of the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on Tuesday.

Abed al-Rahman Tmeizi, head of the Public Relations Department at the municipality of Ithna, reported that Israel has ordered the stop of construction on a 500-meter long road in western Ithna.

He pointed out that the road is located in an area of the village that is under full Israeli military control.

Tmeizi added that the road was being constructed to facilitate the movement of Palestinian farmers to their agricultural lands in the area.

Additionally, Israeli forces also delivered demolition and stop-construction notices to several Palestinian homes in the Shuyoukh town, northeast of Hebron.

Activist Ahmad al-Halayqa said that owners of these homes have the necessary papers and documents proving their ownership of the 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 are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

According to Palestinians and rights groups, Israel’s overall goal, both in its policies in Area C and Israel’s settlement enterprise, is to depopulate the land of its Palestinian residents and replace them with Jewish Israeli communities in order to manipulate population demographics in all of historic Palestine.
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