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Israel OKs demolition of five Palestinian homes

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An Israeli soldier guards an area as an army bulldozer pulls down the house of a Palestinian family in al-Dirat, near the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), on January 20, 2015. ©AFP

The Israeli regime is poised to level five homes belonging to Palestinians who Tel Aviv accuses of carrying out anti-Israeli attacks.

Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the destruction of the houses, three of which are situated in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

The other two residences are in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah, also in the West Bank.

Rights groups have on numerous occasions condemned the demolitions, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists that they are “efficient tools” against Palestinians.

The destruction of Palestinian homes and buildings comes as the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying entity from destroying private property or forcibly transferring the region's population.

The file photo shows a Palestinian man sitting as Israeli forces demolish his home.

The demolition of Palestinian homes come hand in hand with Tel Aviv's policy of construction of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis currently reside in more than 120 illegal settlements constructed since the regime’s occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967. The settlements are considered illegal by most of the international community.

West Bank tensions

Meanwhile, media reports say more than 80 Palestinians have been killed in the recent escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories since the beginning of October.

Palestinian women mourn at the family house of Ahmed al-Serhi, 27, who was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, during his funeral in Deir el-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, October 21, 2015. ©AP

Tensions heightened in the occupied lands following the Israeli regime’s imposition of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in August.

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers, who frequently storm the holy site.

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