On Thursday, Israeli soldiers demolished nine Palestinian residential structures in Birin village, east of Hebron in the occupied West Bank’s southern part.

Farid Burqan, the head of Birin Village Council, said several Israeli military jeeps and bulldozers invaded the village, and demolished the nine structures that were built using tin and bricks.

Burqan added the demolished structures are owned by Yousef Al-Hanjouri, Ali Al-Qadi, Yousef Al-Ajlouni, Fayez Al-Faqeer, Anas Burqan, Ismael Mohammad Burqan, As’ad Yousef Burqan, Yacoub Ishaq Burqan and Sa’id Burqan.

The residential structures, installed on lands the Palestinians privately own, are in Area C of the occupied West Bank (%60 of the West Bank), where the Israeli occupation authorities bar the Palestinians from building and rehabilitating their land.

The Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission has reported that Israel demolished 318 Palestinian homes and structures in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, impacting the lives of 632 Palestinians, including 292 children and 199 women.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities and towns in occupied Jerusalem and various areas in the occupied West Bank continue to be denied the right to build homes and property under various allegations meant to prevent the expansion of Palestinian towns and neighborhoods.

All of 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, in addition to 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.”