Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the town of Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit in central West Bank, and handed several residents demolition orders and notices for halting construction, allegedly for not being licensed by Israel.

Dr. Tamer Rayyan, the head of Qarawat Bani Hassan Town Council, stated that the soldiers handed five orders targeting buildings in Wad Khalil area, in the western part of the town.

He added that the army stated that the buildings are in Area C of the West Bank, and “have not received approval by the Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel illegal occupation of the West Bank.

Rayyan stated that the buildings are two inhabited homes, one agricultural structure, a shed, a barn and one structure used by the families to rest and sit while working on their lands; the homes are owned by Ibrahim Arabi Mer’ey and Mahmoud Mer’ey, while the structures are owned by Mohammad Aziz ‘Aassi and Ibrahim Mer’ey.

The Palestinians have until July 8th to file appeals; however, such appeals are largely denied by the Israeli authorities, an issue that forces many families to demolish their own properties to avoid the excessively high fines and fees.

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