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Israel issues demolition orders to 8 Palestinian families 

An Israeli soldier and border guard stand by as an excavator demolishes a Palestinian house located within the area C southeast of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on March 8, 2021 [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]
An Israeli soldier and border guard stand by as an excavator demolishes a Palestinian house in the West Bank on 8 March 2021 [HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images]

Israeli occupation forces today issued demolition orders against eight Palestinian structures in the village of Jawaya, based near Hebron, reported Wafa news agency.

Coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in southern Hebron, Rateb Al-Jbour, said that Israeli forces barged their way into the village and handed six villagers demolition orders for their property.

Among the properties slated for demolition are three houses, including a two-storey house, an agricultural room and a shed besides four wells.

The soldiers also delivered demolition orders against five Palestinian houses, including some built using brick and tin sheets, to the east of Yatta city, which will displace three families consisting of 40 members.

Al-Jbour noted that Israel demolishes Palestinian houses and structures almost on a daily basis as a means to achieve "demographic control" of the occupied territories, a practice described by Palestinians and human rights activists as a form of ethnic cleansing.

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Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Six Day War. It justifies the demolition of Palestinian homes by saying that they lack building permits, despite the fact that Israel very rarely issues such permits to Palestinians.

The Zionist state, meanwhile, approves the construction of thousands of residential units within illegal settlements built on occupied Palestinian land.

Israel's widely practiced policy of home demolitions targeting entire families are acts of illegal collective punishment and come in direct violation of International Human Rights Law.

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