RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Israeli authorities on Sunday ordered the demolition of three Palestinian-owned homes and a structure in the occupied West Bank, according to a local activist.
Ibrahim Awad said Israeli forces raided Al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem city, and informed the owners of three under-construction homes and a barn about the demolition orders.
He said Israeli authorities cited lack of building permits in Area C of the West Bank for the demolition orders.
Israel widely uses the pretext of lack of construction permits to demolish Palestinian homes, especially in Area C in the occupied West Bank, which constitutes around 60% of its space.
Under the 1995 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was divided into three portions – Area A, B, and C.
Area C is under Israel’s administrative and security control until a final status agreement is reached with the Palestinians.
Amnesty International recently declared Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid against the Palestinians and said it must be held accountable for it.