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Israeli forces demolish multiple Palestinian structures in West Bank, East Jerusalem

Published March 16th, 2016 - 11:20 GMT
A Palestinian girls looks at the remains of her demolished home. (AFP/File)
A Palestinian girls looks at the remains of her demolished home. (AFP/File)

Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished three structures and issued demolition orders for a further two in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In the village of al-Khader south of Bethlehem, Israeli forces tore down a two-story home under construction belonging to local resident Judah Masoud Mousa.

The 200-square-meter home, which lay in the village's western al-Sharaf neighborhood, was built on land classified Area C, without permission from the Israeli authorities.

Further to the south, in Wadi Rahhal, Israeli forces tore down an agricultural shack belonging to local resident Amir Hussein al-Kamil, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Meanwhile, in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli forces tore down a clothing warehouse in the neighborhood of Dahiyat al-Barid.

Fadi Imtour said Israeli forces demolished the 300-meter storehouse rented by his brother Shadi on the pretext that it had been built without a license. He said Israeli troops also detained his brother, before releasing him a few hours later.

Officials from Jerusalem's municipality also issued demolition orders to two homes in the al-Thuri area of Silwan in East Jerusalem.

The buildings in question belong to locals Ismail Abu Saloum and Muhammad Abu Saloum, and relatives told Ma'an that 11 people live in the homes, which were built 21 years ago.

They added that the family had paid "thousands of shekels" in fines and had been unable to obtain a construction license.

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