Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian-owned house and a water well in Hebron, on Tuesday, according to locals.Landowner Muhammad Nafith al-Herbawi stated that Israeli forces destroyed his house, along with all of his belongings, and additionally destroyed a well and a 100-meter long wall.
Israel’s coordinator of government activities in the territories (COGAT) told Ma’an News Agency that ‘security forces carried out the demolition of two buildings which were built without the necessary permits in the Hebron area.’
A Ma’an reporter said, earlier, that Israeli forces demolished Palestinian homes and structures near Jaba’a village, east of Jerusalem, where bulldozers destroyed five houses, four steel structures, and a barn belonging to Bedouin families.
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359 Palestinian structures in the West Bank have been demolished by Israel in 2014 alone, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Some 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures have been destroyed by Israel since it first occupied the West Bank, in 1967.
Palestinians are rarely given permits to build or to add on to existing homes, while over 550,000 Israelis live in illegally built settlements across the occupied territories, in contravention of international law.