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Israel demolishes 9 Palestinian structures in West Bank

Israeli forces demolished Palestinian owned buildings in three different locations of the West Bank

Israeli occupation forces demolished nine Palestinian owned buildings in three different locations of the West Bank.

In Al-Birah city occupation forces demolished a residential building which was under construction. The house which is three storeys was to be inhabited by the family of Khamees Matariya. The family had received not prior warning of the planned demolition.

The house is located east of Al-Birah city in the central area of the West Bank, adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Psagot, which is a residence of nearly 2,000 illegal settlers living on Palestinian land.

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Seven structures belonging to Khaled Sawafta from Bardala village of the Jordan Valley were also destroyed by the occupation forces earlier today. Bardala, a herding community, has faced the demolition of 48 of its structures since 2009 according to OCHA.

One Palestinian family was also made homeless in the herding community of Khirbet Al-Marajem in Duma village north of the West Bank after their building was demolished in the early morning.

Occupation forces regularly demolish Palestinian homes and structures on the occupied West Bank under the pretext that they were built without the impossible to obtain building permits in an effort to expand settlements and force Palestinians from their homes and lands.

The Jordan Valley village of Khan Al-Ahmar is currently threatened with demolition to make way for the expansion of nearby settlements under the Israeli E1 plan on the Jerusalem–Jericho road.

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