Israeli occupation forces today seized a large quantity of construction material from Tuqu town, southeast of Bethlehem, in order to prevent a local Palestinian from proceeding with building his house, said a local municipal source.
Director of Tuqu municipality, Tayseer Abu Mefreh said that a large Israeli military force escorted two forklifts into the western part of the town, known as al-Halqum, where they seized 15 bundles of brick and 15 others of building stone intended for the construction of a house purportedly for being built without a license.
Israel demolishes Palestinian houses and structures in Area C of the occupied West Bank, which is under full Israeli military control, as a means to achieve “demographic control” of the occupied territories.
Israel denies building permits for Palestinians in Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the area of the occupied West Bank, forcing residents to build without a permit to provide shelter for their families.
In contrast, Israel builds thousands of housing units in illegal settlements to Jewish settlers and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.