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In Toubas, Jordan Valley, 11 Palestinian homes are demolished by Israel

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)
Israeli machinery demolishes a Palestinian house located within the area C (where Israel retains control, including over planning and construction) near Yatta in the southern area of the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron), November 2, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Eleven homes belonging to Palestinians living in the town of Toubas west of the Jordan Valley have been demolished by Israeli bulldozers.

That is according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency quoting Palestinian activist Motaz Besharat on Tuesday.

Israel has also approved a plan to tear down 200 Palestinian sites in the key Wadi al-Joz area in East Jerusalem al-Quds for the construction of a settlement, according to al-Arabi Al-Jadid.

Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank usually claiming that the structures have been built without permits. They also sometimes order the Palestinian owners to tear down their own homes or pay the demolition costs to the municipality.

The United Nations (UN)’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said there has been a sharp increase in the number of Palestinian houses being demolished by Israel in the occupied West Bank during the coronavirus pandemic.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian territories Jamie McGoldrick has warned that the trend would make the Palestinians more susceptible to health risks.

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