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7 demolition orders handed to villagers in Nablus

Feb. 26, 2014 10:27 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 28, 2014 7:59 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces delivered demolition orders for seven homes that were allegedly built without permits in Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village south of Nablus on Wednesday evening.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that Israeli forces accompanied by civil administration officers raided the village and handed demolition orders to a number of local families.

He identified the individuals who had been handed the orders as Ihsan Hasan Daraghmeh, Yousef Hasan Daraghmeh, Omar Mohammad Hasan Oweis, Abd al-Rahman Ahmad Oweis, Ahmad Abd al-Rahman Oweis, and Mahmoud Mustafa Daraghmeh.

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.

Israel destroyed more than 663 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013, displacing 1,101 people, according to UNOCHA. Around 241 more people have been displaced just since the beginning of 2014.

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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