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Israel seeks court extension before submitting plan to evict Khan Al-Ahmar

Men hold up a sign condemning the Israeli occupation in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on November 29, 2020 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
Men hold up a sign condemning the Israeli occupation in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on November 29, 2020 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]

Israel yesterday asked the Supreme Court for a six-month extension to the deadline for presenting its position on the eviction of the occupied West Bank village of Khan Al-Ahmar, Haaretz reported.

It said, "significant progress" had been made to establish a plan which would be acceptable to all parties.

This comes after the Supreme Court granted a six-week extension for submitting the opinion in July, making clear that no further extensions would be issued.

With their position in the so-called E1 area, where an Israeli settlement expansion project is planned along the Jerusalem-Jericho road, Palestinian communities in Khan Al-Ahmar have battled for their existence for decades.

Israeli occupation forces maintain that the homes must be demolished because they were built without the impossible to attain building permits. Meanwhile, the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim has been growing since 1975, it is now home to more than 37,000 illegal Israeli settlers.

READ: Supreme Court urges Israel gov't to clarify position on evacuation of Khan Al-Ahmar

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