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Israel delivers stop-construction notices to structures in Salfit

March 12, 2019 12:21 P.M. (Updated: March 12, 2019 1:46 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities delivered stop-construction notices for four Palestinian structures in the Haris village in western Salfit in the northern occupied West Bank, on Monday evening, under the pretext that they were built in areas classified as B and C.

Head of Haris village council, Taysir Suf, told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village and delivered stop-construction notices to two houses, one that is still under construction and another that is inhabited, in addition to a yard that includes a carpenter's workshop, two rooms, a bathroom and a wall.

Suf added that the structures belong to locals Tareq Daoud, Ramez Shamlawi, Rani Daoud and Amjad Daoud, pointing out that the structures are located in areas B and C.

Tareq Daoud told Ma’an that he will appeal to Israeli courts during the allowed appeal period, which is until March 25th, 2019.

Owner of the threatened yard, Ramez Shamlawi, told Ma’an that his yard includes a carpenter’s a shop and a 70-square-meter building, and a 400-meter tall wall that were built since 2017.

Israel uses the pretext of building without a permit to carry out demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes on a regular basis.

Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

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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