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50 family members homeless after Israeli demolitions

File photo of an Israeli bulldozer.

Some 50 members of an extended family were left homeless today after Israeli forces demolished eight houses in a village in occupied Hebron were left.

One of the homeowners, Ziad Shalalda, told Ma’an that Israeli troops stormed the area of Jurat Al-Kheil just east of the town of Sair, Hebron, and forcibly removed eight Palestinian families from the extended Shalalda family from their homes at gunpoint.

An excavator then demolished the buildings under heavy military protection.50-family-members-homeless-after-Israeli-demolitions-2016-map

Shalalda said that he and the other homeowners had been given “stop-work warrants” two years ago on the grounds that they did not have the necessary construction licences from Israeli authorities.

According to Shalalda, ever since he and his fellow homeowners were issued the warrants to stop construction, they have been consistently trying to obtain licences, but Israeli authorities have rejected every application.

The families were given no warning regarding today’s demolitions.

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