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Israel demolishes Palestinian home in Jerusalem-area village

Sept. 18, 2017 4:13 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2017 10:58 A.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli bulldozers on Monday demolished a Palestinian residential building in the village of al-Zaayyem, located in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, according to Palestinian Authority-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that Israeli forces arrived to the building, owned by Muhammad al-Sairy, and cordoned off the area before bulldozers proceeded to demolish the building.

The building was demolished under the pretext of not having a nearly impossible to obtain Israeli-issued building permit.

Wafa added that al-Zaayyem is located in Area B, the parts of the West Bank under Palestinian civil control and joint Israeli-Palestinian security control.

The demolition of Palestinian homes and structures most commonly takes place in Area C, the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civilian and security control.

Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

According to UN documentation, 330 Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished thus far in 2017 across the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, displacing 499 people. In 2016, the UN recorded 1,065 demolitions across the occupied Palestinian territory.
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