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Israel to demolish 189 Palestinian homes in West Bank

Sept. 4, 2018 4:51 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2018 3:40 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Walid Assaf, revealed on Tuesday that more than 189 Palestinian homes are threatened with demolition in the al-Walaja village, west of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Assaf said, in an interview with Voice of Palestine radio station, that more than 189 Palestinian-owned homes are currently under threat of being demolished by Israel in the near future.

He confirmed that the recent demolition campaigns carried out in al-Walaja by Israel, come within the framework of an illegal Israeli settlement plan to expand the southern borders of Jerusalem.

The plan would further expand the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion.

Assaf pointed out that on Monday night, tents and urgent relief were provided to Palestinian families, whose homes were demolished by Israel only several hours after receiving a prior notice or none at all.

He added that quick solutions need to be found or else a number of families will remain homeless.

Violent clashes had erupted on predawn Monday after two Palestinian homes, in the al-Walaja village, were demolished by Israel, under the pretext that they were built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli building permits.

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