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Israel demolishes Palestinian home in Nablus for 2nd time

Oct. 18, 2018 1:27 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 18, 2018 3:32 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli bulldozers escorted by Israeli forces demolished a home for the second time, in the village of Khirbet al-Marajim, south of the northern occupied West bank district of Nablus, on Thursday.

Abed al-Salam Dawabsheh, the mayor of Duma village, which is located south of Nablus, said that large numbers of Israeli forces stormed the Khirbet al-Marajim village and demolished a Palestinian home for the second time in three months.

The demolished home belonged to Maaruf Muslim, who managed to rebuild the home a few days ago, since it was previously demolished in July.

Dawabsheh confirmed that Israeli forces demolished the home under the pretext that it was built in Area C.

Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, which delegated various degrees of autonomy to the Palestinian Authority (PA) around built up and urban areas, Israel retained full civil and military control over 60% of the West Bank, which is now known as Area C.

In Area C, Palestinian construction and land management is prohibited unless through consent or authorization by the Israeli Civil Administration.

Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

Meanwhile, the estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory are more easily given building permits and allowed to expand their homes and properties, despite living in settlements that violate international law.

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