Israeli military bulldozers raze Palestinian structures

The demolition included homes, stables and a school.

Israeli military bulldozers raze Palestinian structures

Israeli military bulldozers demolished 12 agricultural storehouses in the Tana neighborhood east of Nablus in the West Bank on Sunday.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of settlement-related issues in the northern West Bank, said five Israeli bulldozers and more than 15 military jeeps stormed the area and began the demolition process.

The demolition included homes, stables and a school.

The owners of the storehouses had appealed to the Israeli High Court of Justice in May 2005 after they received the demolition notices, but were turned down by the courts, asserted Atif Hanini, mayor of the nearby town of Beit Furki.

Hanini explained that the Tana neighborhood is approximately two kilometers away from an Israeli outpost. Twenty-five Palestinian families were evicted from the area in 2005 when the military post was positioned in the area.

Under interim peace agreements with the Palestinians, as occupying power, Israel exercises full military and civil control over some 60 percent of the West Bank, a zone known as "Area C".

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a December report that it recorded the demolition of 180 Palestinian-owned Area C structures in 2009. The demolitions displaced 319 Palestinians, including 167 children.


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