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Local committee: Israel demolishes home in Beit Ummar, Hebron

Sept. 13, 2011 11:20 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 13, 2011 7:41 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces demolished a house under construction on Tuesday morning in Beit Ummar, Hebron, the head of a local committee said.

The demolished house was owned by members of the Ikhlayyil family, head of local committee against the wall and settlements Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma'an.

The house was constructed 16 years ago near the main road connecting Hebron and Jerusalem, Awad said.

The owner was forced to stop construction of the house despite having obtained a permit to build.

A steel structure owned by Sabir Abu Maria was also demolished in Beit Ummar. The structure was used to store used car parts.

Israeli authorities have demolished 387 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied territories in 2011, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says.

Over 95 percent of these demolitions have occurred in Area C, which is under full Israeli civil and security control.

Palestinian construction is effectively prohibited in most of Area C. Meanwhile there are 135 illegal Israeli settlements and over 300,000 settlers in Area C, with the settler population growing significantly faster than that of Israel proper, OCHA reported.

From 2000 to 2007, the Israeli Civil Administration approved 5 percent of the applications for building permits submitted by Palestinians in Area C.

The total number of building permits issued to Palestinians during these seven years was 91, an average of 13 building permits per annum, Israeli organization Bimkom reported.
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