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Israeli forces issue demolition notice for Palestinian home near Tubas

Aug. 20, 2015 11:49 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2015 6:48 P.M.)
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TUBAS (Ma’an) -- Israeli occupation forces on Thursday issued a demolition order for a home and nearby water-well owned by a Palestinian man in Beit Tammoun village west of Tubas, the resident told Ma'an.

Jamal Bani Odah said that the Israeli Civil Administration, the Israeli body responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank, placed demolition notices on his house, informing him of the planned demolition of both his home and water-well.

The order said that the notice was issued because Odah had allegedly built the structures without a building permit.

Under the Oslo Accord, building permits must be approved by the Israeli Civil Administration for construction to take place in Area C.

As a result of rarely-approved permits, however, Palestinian residents are often forced to build structures without permits, which are liable to be torn down later by Israeli forces.

UN officials on Tuesday slammed a recent spate of Israeli home demolitions east of Jerusalem and called for an immediate freeze on demolitions across the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces on Monday demolished 22 structures belonging to the Jahalin Bedouin community in eastern Jerusalem, leaving 78 Palestinians homeless, including 49 children, the UN Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said in a joint statement.

"According to UN records, this is the largest number of Palestinians displaced in the West Bank in one day in nearly three years," the statement said.

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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