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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian-owned structures in Nablus

Aug. 17, 2016 12:52 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 17, 2016 8:38 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished two rooms used for agricultural purposes and leveled stone walls in the villages of Khirbet al-Marajim and Qusra in the southern part of the occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli forces, demolished a room belonging to Tariq Dirawi in Khirbet al-Marajim.

Daghlas added that Israeli forces also demolished another room purposed for agriculture belonging to Samir Hasan in the Qusra village.

Israeli forces also leveled stone walls belonging to several farmers in the area, in addition to closing several roads used by farmers to reach their lands in an area near a settlement post around the village of Qusra.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces delivered demolition notices to owners of several houses and properties in the area for being built without Israeli-issued building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied territory, told Ma'an that the structures were demolished because the owners did not receive approval from Israeli authorities to build them.

The incidents came just one day after some 70 Palestinians were left homeless by Israeli- enforced demolitions in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Israeli authorities on Tuesday also notified a Palestinian farmer near the village of Duma in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus that 4 dunams (1 acre) of his land would be confiscated by Israeli authorities.

Israeli authorities have dramatically escalated their demolition campaigns against Palestinian communities, leaving at least 1,020 Palestinians homeless since the start of 2016.

The majority of the demolitions have been carried out in Area C of the West Bank -- 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.
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