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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in Salfit

Nov. 28, 2013 12:25 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2013 9:38 A.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian home in Salfit on Thursday on the pretext that the home was unlicensed, a local official said.

Kamal Yousef, mayor of Deir Ballut village, told Ma'an that Israeli bulldozers destroyed the home and razed land in the surrounding area of Fusoul.

The home belonged to Ghanem Mahmoud Abed al-Karim.

Around 70 homes in the area are under threat of being demolished, Yousef added.

Researcher Khalid Maali said that Israeli forces claim the homes are unlicensed and that the area is a nature reserve.

Israel has destroyed more than 500 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, displacing 862 people, according to UNOCHA.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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