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Israel issues stop-work orders for mosque, homes, shop in West Bank

February 3, 2022 at 11:09 am

A Palestinian protester raises a national flag as he stands facing Israeli security forces, during a demonstration against the establishment of Israeli outposts on Palestinian lands, in Beit Dajan, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on 12 November 2021. [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday issued stop-work orders for a mosque, homes and shop in the occupied West Bank village of Marda.

The targeted village is located north of the West Bank city of Salfit, which is surrounded by 24 illegal Jewish-only settlements and seven illegal outposts.

Head of Marda village council, Murad Khuffash, said in a statement that a large number of Israeli occupation soldiers raided the village in the early morning and delivered the orders.

Khuffash said that the targeted mosque, homes and the shop are still under construction, adding that they were targeted under the pretext they were being built in Area C, which is under full control of the Israeli military government.

The orders also affect an agricultural road used by the villagers to reach their farms.

Israeli demolitions of Palestinian structures have increased recently, mainly in Area C of the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.

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