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Israeli forces demolish Jericho home, assault residents

Sept. 2, 2013 5:46 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 5, 2013 4:28 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the Jericho village of Fasayil on Monday and demolished residential and agricultural structures, witnesses said.

Israeli soldiers destroyed a house and cattle farm belonging to Deifallah Rashayda and Jihad Rashayda, leaving 12 family members homeless.

During the demolition, soldiers assaulted five women with the butts of their rifles, locals said. All five women were taken to hospital for treatment after being assessed by Red Crescent medics at the scene.

Deifallah Rashayda told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided his home early Monday accompanied by bulldozers. Soldiers ordered him to remove all of this belongings from the property before the demolition.

Israeli troops assaulted several family members after they refused to obey the soldiers' orders.

The house was built ten years ago and Rashayda said he had precautionary orders from several Israeli courts to suspend the demolition.

The cattle farm steel structure was built four years ago and he was not given notice prior to the demolition.

Jericho governor Majid al-Fityani described the demolition in Fasayil as a "slap in the face for those who advocate the resumption of peace negotiations," while visiting the injured women in hospital.

The senior official slammed Israeli polices in the Jordan Valley which "obviously aim to forcibly evacuate Palestinian citizens from their lands in order to build settlements."

He appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas to allocate more support to the residents of the Jordan Valley so they can remain "steadfast" in the face of Israeli policies.
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