Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, two Palestinian homes, a barn and two wells, and handed demolition orders against four more homes, in the villages of Ad-Deerat and Al-Jawaya, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.Rateb Jabour, Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) that several military jeeps, accompanied by a number of bulldozers, invaded Al-Deerat village, and demolished a 500 square/meters home belonging to Mohammad Mousa Abu Arram, and his son Mousa.

The second demolished home belongs to Mahmoud Mohammad Nasr, located in Al-Jawaya nearby village. The army also demolished a well that belongs to the resident, and a barn that belongs to resident Hasan Rab’ey.

Jabour added that the army handed four more residents military warrants informing them that their home will be demolished at a later stage.

The homes belong to Mohammad Odah Makhamra, Mousa Ibrahim Abu Arram, Ziad Mohammad Makhamra, and Mohammad Ahmad Hussein.

Jabour said that the army wants to evict the Palestinians in order to declare the area as a closed military zone, to be used for training.

It is worth mentioning that dozens of homes were previously demolished in areas around in the Hebron district under the same military claims.

Home demolition is an act of collective punishment that violates International Law.

It is worth mentioning that in 2011 alone, the Israeli army demolished 222 Palestinian homes, displacing 1094 Palestinians; this number is double the number of homes demolished by the army in 2010.

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) reported more than two months ago that, in 2011, the army demolished 222 homes in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and 22 homes in occupied East Jerusalem. (The number of displaced Palestinians exceeded 1094).

During the three-week war on Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009, Israeli soldiers and shells led to the destruction of 4.455 homes, displacing more than 20.000 Palestinians.

ICAHD added that since Israel occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem following the six-day war in June 1967, the army destroyed more than 25.000 Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip alone leading to the displacement of more than 160.000 Palestinians.