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Israeli forces order home demolitions in al-Khader

Sept. 9, 2013 9:59 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 5:40 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces have ordered the demolition of two homes in al-Khader, south of Bethlehem.

Israeli forces delivered warrants to two Palestinians from the Salah family notifying them that their homes are slated for demolition. The homes are in the Um Rukba neighborhood, on a hill in southern al-Khader.

Israel plans to control Um Rukba, which is "the only space for the town's demographic expansion," said al-Khader's mayor, Tawfiq Salah.

Israel's separation wall has isolated al-Khader from all its agricultural land, and residents have been forced to remain on a small part of their land despite the population's natural growth, Salah told Ma'an TV.

Residents of Um Rukba told Ma'an that all homes in the neighborhood faced the threat of demolition.

"My family has built seven houses here in an attempt to protect our lands from Israeli occupation," said Nadir Salah. He highlighted that Israeli forces demolished two houses belonging to his brothers, but they were rebuilt despite Israeli threats.

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