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Israel forces demolish housing structures in Hebron village

Nov. 16, 2015 5:55 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 17, 2015 12:04 P.M.)
(MaanImages/Anna Kokko/File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday demolished a number of Palestinian structures in the village of Sair in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, the structures' owner told Ma'an.

Muhammad Abed al-Fattah al-Shaladah said that Israeli forces demolished three corrugated metal housing structures, home to 15 people, and a sheep barn belonging to him and his son in the Khirbet Jurat al-Kheil and al-Qanub areas of eastern Sair.

He said that a day earlier, on Sunday, Israeli authorities informed them that the structures would be demolished. He said two bulldozers then arrived on Monday and carried out the demolitions.

Al-Shaladah added that Israeli authorities had torn down a number of structures in the area, but that locals would "always resist." Al-Shaladah said the demolitions were part of Israel's bid to force locals from their land.

Last year, Israel issued demolition notices for houses, tents, and wells in the village, in plans that would have made up to 50 Palestinians homeless, locals said at the time.

Palestinians are required to obtain building permits from Israel's civil administration to build in land classified as Area C under the Oslo Accords. However, these permits are rarely granted, forcing many locals to build without them.

Nearly 600 Palestinian structures were destroyed in 2014, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, displacing over 1,000 Palestinians.
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