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Palestinian families left homeless after Israeli demolition near Haifa

March 5, 2019 2:06 P.M. (Updated: March 8, 2019 11:31 A.M.)
HAIFA (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished two Palestinian family houses, on Tuesday, in al-Kabiyeh village near Haifa City, in northern Israel.

According to local sources, heavily armed Israeli police forces stormed the village along with several bulldozers and forcibly evacuated two Palestinian families.

Sources said that Israeli bulldozers demolished the two homes, belonging to Muhammad Khalil Kaabiya and Fadi Rashid Kaabiya, under the pretext that it was built without the nearly-impossible to obtain Israeli permit.

While Israeli law guarantees Palestinians the same equality as other citizens, in practice there are claims of discrimination in government funding and a raft of other issues.

Israeli Palestinian rights group Adalah says that only 4.6% of new homes built in Israel are in Palestinian towns and villages, even though Palestinians make up over 20% of the population.

The difficulty for Palestinians in Israel to obtain building permits forces them to expand or build homes and structures without permits, which are liable to later be torn down.

In 2015, the United Nations, as well as other members of the international community, have verbally condemned Israel's systematic destruction of Palestinian homes and declared the practice as illegal and unfair.

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