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Israel to demolish 15 corrugated metal homes near Nablus city

Feb. 8, 2016 5:56 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 8, 2016 5:56 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces ordered on Monday the demolition of corrugated metal homes in Beita village, southeast of Nablus city in the northern occupied West Bank, a local monitor said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli troops said the homes would be demolished because they were built without proper building permits. 

While demolitions in the occupied West Bank decreased by 10 percent in 2015 from the previous year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that 539 Palestinian-owned structures were still demolished, leaving many Palestinians homeless.

The majority were demolished in Area C, which is under full Israeli control, on the grounds of lacking building permits.

In order for Palestinians to build in Area C, land owners must obtain building permits from Israeli authorities. In a report released last year, OCHA found that between 2010 and 2014, only 1.5 percent of 2,020 building permit requests submitted were approved.
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