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Israel demolishes more Palestinian houses, orders demolition of school in West Bank

The undated photo shows Israeli forces demolishing a Palestinian house in an area of the occupied West Bank. (Photo by Wafa news agency)

Israeli forces have razed at least three Palestinian-owned houses and ordered demolition of a school in different parts of the occupied West Bank amid ongoing land grab policies by the Tel Aviv regime.

Israeli forces raided the eastern area of the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil and demolished two houses owned by local residents on Monday, Palestine's official Wafa news agency reported.

Aref Jaber, an anti-settlement activist, said that each house was 120 square meters and inhabited by at least a dozen people, who have now become homeless.

Local sources said the ongoing Israeli violations aim to force them out of the area in order to expand the settlement of Kiryat Arba, which is built on land seized from Palestinians.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military issued a demolition order against a school in Khashem al-Karm community in Masafer Yatta, in the south al-Khail Hills. Fouad al-Imoor, a local activist, confirmed that Israeli soldiers delivered the demolition order against the school to be carried out within 96 hours.

He added that the elementary school consisted of five classrooms and serves dozens of school students from the community and other nearby areas.  

Last week, the Israeli military demolished the Isfey elementary school, funded by donor countries and also located in the same area.

In another incident, the Israeli authorities demolished an under construction Palestinian-owned house in Kufr al-Dik town, in the north of the West Bank, Palestinian media said. 

Kurf al-Dik mayor, Mohammad Naji, said that Israeli troops accompanied by two bulldozers broke into the western part of the town and demolished the two-story house owned by a local resident.

Israel routinely demolishes Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds, claiming that the structures have been built without permits, which are almost impossible to obtain. They also sometimes order Palestinian owners to demolish their own houses or pay the costs of the demolition.

Israel has already occupied thousands of dunums of Palestinian agricultural land to construct and expand new illegal settler units in various areas in the West Bank.

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 Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. The United Nations Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

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