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Israel to demolish 4 water wells, 3 structures, road in southern Nablus

May 24, 2016 10:46 P.M. (Updated: May 25, 2016 11:08 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces delivered demolition notices on Tuesday for water wells, agricultural structures, and a three-kilometer agricultural road in the village of Qusra in southern Nablus, locals said.

Abd al-Athim al-Wadi, the mayor of Qusra, told Ma'an that the Israeli Civil Administration delivered demolition notices to locals in the eastern area of the town for four water wells that were built by the Dutch government, in addition to three structures and an agricultural road that was opened by a “European humanitarian institution.” The name of the institution could not immediately be confirmed.

Al-Wadi added that the demolition warning said the wells and structures would be destroyed in 45 days because they were built in Area C and lacked the permits required by the Israeli Civil Administration.

A spokesperson for Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) -- a larger entity that includes the Civil Administration -- told Ma’an they were looking into reports of the incident.

Since the start of 2016, some 600 Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem by Israeli authorities, according to UN figures. Israel has also come under condemnation over repeated demolitions of internationally-funded structures.

The majority of demolitions have been carried out in Area C -- under full jurisdiction of the Israeli military -- where nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

Palestinians frequently take their cases to Israeli courts after Israeli land confiscation and demolition notices are ordered, though they seldom win their cases in courts. The legal process can also be too expensive and time consuming for Palestinian residents to afford without legal aid.

In March however, Israel's High Court ruled that Israeli authorities were obliged to return 1,700 dunams (420 acres) back to private Palestinian landowners, which included land in Qusra illegally seized by Israel.
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