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Israeli forces demolish homes, structures east of Bethlehem

Aug. 13, 2015 12:06 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 13, 2015 5:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli occupation forces on Thursday morning demolished a number of houses and other structures in the eastern outskirts of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank, local sources told Ma'an.

The first demolition was in the village of Tuqu where Israeli troops escorted ademolitioncrew that tore down an incomplete home belonging to a Palestinian identified asMousa Salim Hasan.

Another demolition took place in the nearby village of Harmala, where an unfinished house belonging toMuhammad Majid Dabash was destroyed, the mayor of the town's municipality Aiad Ali told Ma'an.

A third demolition targeted the exterior wall of a home in the town of Zaatara. The Municipal Council of Zaatara wrote on its Facebook page that the home belonged to Khalaf al-Himri.

Israeli forces also confiscated a shipping container which was used for storage by the owner, who was told by Israeli forces he would be asked to pay the costs of demolition.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

Since the beginning of 2015, Israeli forces have demolished 294 structures in the occupied Palestinian Territory, leaving 251 Palestinians displaced, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.




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