Israel demolishes more Palestinian homes
The Israeli government rarely issues land permits to Palestinians in the West Bank and swiftly demolishes homes for lack of these permits. (AFP/File)
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Israeli government forces have demolished more Palestinian houses after storming a southern West Bank refugee camp near the city of al-Khalil (Hebron).
Bulldozers under the protection of Israeli military forces entered the Arrub refugee camp on Wednesday and demolished two houses in the area.
Clashes broke out at the scene between Israeli troops and local youths, who threw stones as the soldiers fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Several residents of al-Arrub suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, witnesses were cited as saying in local press reports.
Additionally, three Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets.
Al-Arrub is one of 19 refugee camps in the occupied West Bank, within which live about a quarter of the 771,000 registered refugees in the territory.
The Israeli occupiers rarely grant Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The Israelis have demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to a local organization called the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
The Israeli government demolished over 500 Palestinian structures throughout the U.S.-brokered negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority, according to a PLO statement on Tuesday.
“As a result, 878 persons were forcibly displaced,” the statement said.
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