Israel has ordered the demolition of at least eight Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank in line with the regime’s land-grab policy.
The Palestinian news agency Wafa quoted Fo’ad Le’mour, a local Palestinian activist, as saying Israeli soldiers stormed Ad-Deirat and Ar-Refa’iyaa villages in Masafer Yatta region, south of al-Khalil, on Sunday.
The troops handed notifications for the demolition of four homes in each of the two villages. Seven of the houses are already inhabited by local Palestinian families. Only one is currently under construction.
On May 4, an Israeli court gave the military the green light to displace over 1,000 Palestinians living in some eight communities in Masafer Yatta to turn the area into a firing zone.
Israel routinely demolishes Palestinian houses in the West Bank and East al-Quds, claiming the structures have been built without the so-called permits, which are almost impossible to obtain. They also sometimes order Palestinian owners to demolish their own houses or pay the demolition costs.
Israel has occupied thousands of dunums of Palestinian agricultural land to construct and expand settlements in various areas of the West Bank.
The regime also plans to force out Palestinian families from neighborhoods in East al-Quds in an attempt to replace them with settlers.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and al-Quds.
All the settlements are illegal under international law. The United Nations Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
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