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Israel to raze 28 buildings in Nablus area

Jan. 6, 2010 3:58 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 7, 2010 10:21 A.M.)
Nablus – Ma’an – Twenty-eight homes and agricultural buildings were issued demolition orders by Israeli military personnel on Wednesday, all located on the outskirts of Aqraba village southeast of Nablus, a Palestinian official said.

Ghassan Doughlas, who holds the Palestinian Authority's settlement portfolio for the northern West Bank, said Israeli forces gave the farmers only 48 hours to evacuate their houses, clear out their farms and sheds before the orders were implemented.

Dozens of Palestinian farmers and their families live in the area, about five kilometers from the Gittit settlement and three kilometers from the Mekhora settlement, raising sheep and cattle as well as planting crops. The crops help sustain the local community, Doughlas said.

"Israeli forces issued this decision to protect the settlers only without taking into consideration the families who will be rendered homeless," Doughlas added.

Among the families who received orders to evacuate their buildings were Zaid Mahmud Qassem Beni Manna, Hani Jameel Abdullah Beni Jaber, and Feras Khalil Beni Jaber.
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