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Over 40 Palestinian homes destroyed in West Bank

A Palestinian child cries as Palestinians salvage items from their home after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in the area of Musafir Jenbah, south of the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), on February 2, 2016. ©AFP

Israeli military forces have demolished more than 40 Palestinian houses and residential structures in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its land expropriation policies to uproot Palestinians.

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers and bulldozers rolled into the hamlets of al-Farisiya and Khallet al-Khader, and leveled seven homes to the ground. The Israeli forces also destroyed 35 structures in the villages of Bardala and Ein al-Beida.

Rabih Khandaqji, the mayor of the nearby city of Tubas, said local and international organizations are trying to help the displaced Palestinians and possibly rebuild their destroyed structures.

The development came only two days after Israeli forces destroyed over 10 Palestinian houses and residential structures in the village of Khirbet Tana, which lies east of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors the Israeli regime’s settlement activities, said Israeli officials claimed that the houses and structures had been built illegally in an area declared by Tel Aviv as a “firing zone” for military training.

Rights groups say the demolition of Palestinian homes is in line with Israel’s policy of expansion of illegal settlements and land expropriation.

A photo taken on February 1, 2016 shows a partial view of the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat situated on the southern outskirts of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. ©AFP

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East. Palestinians want the West Bank as part of their future independent state, with East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

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