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Israeli forces demolish village structures in Hebron hills

Oct. 17, 2012 1:49 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 18, 2012 3:08 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday destroyed structures in the village of al-Seefer in the South Hebron Hills, a peace group said.

"On Tuesday 16th, at 10 a.m. a bulldozer together with 3 Border Police cars and 2 DCO cars arrived in the Palestinian village of A Seefer," a statement from Italian peace group Operation Dove said.

"The Army demolished: a bathroom, a roof with sheep under it, a fence for sheep and a structure. During the demolitions a sheep was killed under the rubble and, according to Palestinian witnesses, a Border Police member kicked another one until it was limping," it added.

Al-Seefer village is surrounded by the settlement of Mezadot Yehuda and lies between the green line and Israel's separation wall. There are around 60 people living in the village.

In the first six months of 2011, OCHA reports that the Israeli authorities demolished 342 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C, including 125 residential "structures", displacing a total of 656 Palestinians, including 351 children -- almost five times as many demolitions and people displaced as during the first half of 2010, according to OCHA.

From 2000 to 2007, the Civil Administration approved 5 percent of the applications for building permits submitted by Palestinians in Area C.
Ma'an News Agency
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