World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli bulldozers razed three makeshift homes on Thursday in the occupied West Bank on the pretext that they lacked construction licenses, according to one of the homes' Palestinian residents.
Mohamed Kaabna, who said the three homes had belonged to his family, told The Anadolu Agency that Israeli bulldozers had rolled into the town of Al-Taybeh in Ramallah and demolished the three caravans, which had sheltered 14 people.
Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment on the report.
Israel usually prevents Palestinians in the West Bank's "Area C" – established in line with the Oslo Accords – from erecting structures in the area on grounds that the land is "Israeli territory."
The U.S.-sponsored Oslo Accords, signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 1993 and 1995, divided the West Bank into areas A, B and C.
Area C, which constitutes nearly two thirds of the West Bank's total territory, remains – in line with the terms of the accords – under full Israeli security and civilian control.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the city of Jerusalem in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.Last Mod: 20 Kasım 2014, 13:19