On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers demolished five Palestinian homes near Jericho and Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Jericho, in the northeastern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded the Al-Jiftlik village, north of the city, and forced four families out of their homes before demolishing the properties.

Ahmad Abu Ghanem, the head of Al-Jiftlik Village Council, said the homes were about 120-150 square meters each and added that the demolitions led to the displacement of 20 Palestinians, including seven children.

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) said the soldiers also demolished two tents and two livestock pens and feeding troughs in a farm that supported the livelihood of two families, who together make 14 people.

In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Furush Beit Dajan village and demolished an under-construction home in the southwestern area of the village.

The home, owned by Mohammad Hamed, was 130 square meters and was built on his privately owned land.

The Israeli army claims the demolished properties were built without permits from the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of the illegal military occupation.

On Tuesday morning, Israeli soldiers demolished sheds and walls in the Al-Jeeb town, northwest of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian, Qussai Sa’id Yousef Bisharat, 23, after invading and ransacking his home in the Ar-Ras Al-Ahmar village, southeast of Tubas, in the central West Bank.

Also Tuesday, illegal Israeli colonizers bulldozed large areas of Palestinian lands in Qusra, Jaloud, and Qaryout towns, south of Nablus, to expand a colonialist outpost on stolen lands.

On Monday, a Palestinian from the Al-Isawiya town east of Jerusalem, in the West Bank, was forced to demolish his under-construction home.

This happens while Israel continues to build and expand its illegal, segregated colonies in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, in direct violation of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory.”

On its webpage, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) stated that in 2021, ICAHD analysis revealed that 937 structures were demolished and 1,119 people displaced in the OPT, with a further 12,658 people directly affected. In addition, 3004 structures were demolished in the Negev/Naqab – 431 homes and 2553 agriculture and livelihood structures.

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