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Israel postpones demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar

Palestinians protest to prevent their homes from being demolished by Israeli forces in Khan Al-Ahmar, West Bank on 4 July 2018 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

Israel has postponed the demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar for five days, Safa reported yesterday.

Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee of the PLO, Waleed Assaf, said in a statement: “This is the expected Israeli policy”, referring to the repeated postponements which end with demolition.

Assaf stressed on the importance of continuing Palestinian protests against the demolition.

Ma’an news agency said that during the hearing, the judges discussed and focused on the court’s original decision, issued in May, to demolish the village and displace its residents.

The decision to demolish the Palestinian village was postponed last month by a court order after an appeal was submitted against it.

Ma’an reported that two out of three judges said that the planned demolition could not be avoided and asked both sides to consider coming to a compromise regarding where Khan Al-Ahmar residents will be rehomed.

In response, Israel made an offer to relocated the Palestinians to an area east of the illegal Israeli Jewish settlement of Mitzpe in Jericho, under the condition that the residents agree to peacefully move within a week.

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