Israeli forces demolish structures, seize land near Bethlehem

Days of Palestine - Bethlehem

Israeli occupation forces Tuesday demolished two structures and seized a plot of land in the southern district of Bethlehem, according to sources.

Local sources reported that Israeli occupation forces forced their way to the area between al-Khader town and Beit Jala city, south, and west of Bethlehem, where they tore down a shack and a car wash purportedly for being built without permits.

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Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers seized a plot of land, located to the east of Tuqu‘ town, east of the city.

Israel demolishes Palestinian houses and structures almost on a daily basis as a means to achieve “demographic control” of the occupied territories.

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Israel denies planning permits for Palestinians to build on their own land or to extend existing houses to accommodate natural growth, particularly in Jerusalem and Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

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