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A massive demolition, bulldozing and confiscation campaign

The campaign affected 44 homes, barns, commercial and agricultural establishments

Jerusalem24 – Yesterday, the Israeli forces launched a massive demolition, bulldozing and confiscation campaign in several governorates, during which they demolished 44 homes, barns, commercial and agricultural facilities, during which they confiscated water tanks, electric generators, solar cells and vehicles.

In Khirbet Ibziq in the northern Jordan Valley, the occupation forces launched a massive demolition and confiscation campaign. Human rights activist Aref Daraghmeh stated that the occupation forces stormed the ruins and began demolishing and dismantling 19 facilities, in addition to seizing two vehicles. He explained that the dismantling and seizure affected the homes and facilities belonging to five citizens: Hayel Turkman, Nael Turkman, Adel Turkman, Muhammad Mithqal Daraghmeh and Aziz Nawaja, pointing out that 4 residential tents, 4 sheep tents, 6 open sheds, and 4 cells were dismantled and seized. Solar energy, an electric generator, and water tanks, in addition to seizing two private vehicles. In turn, citizens reported that the demolition notices included forcing them to pay financial compensation for the rent of the Israeli machines that carried out the demolitions.

In “Draa Awad” area in the Jordan Valley, the occupation forces demolished 3 residential rooms.

And local sources said the Israeli forces stormed the area north of Al-Hamra checkpoint, and demolished 3 newly built concrete rooms, belonging to Adnan Salamin.

In the town of Hizma, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, the occupation forces demolished 18 commercial establishments. According to the Hizma Media Center, the Israeli forces surrounded the area near the Hizma military checkpoint, at dawn yesterday, and proceeded to demolish and raze the facilities, which consist of carwashes and garages for repairing cars, from which more than 40 workers gain their livelihood. The center also pointed out that the demolition and bulldozing operation “comes despite previous decisions issued by the owners of the facilities to freeze the demolitions, but the occupation bypassed the court’s decisions and carried out these demolitions, which are believed to have taken place in favor of expanding a settlement and military road in the vicinity of the town, in conjunction with what is happening at the northern entrance. And the northeastern side of the town, where a military road is being built there.”

The Rajabim settlement association had submitted a petition to the District Court of the occupation in Jerusalem, during the past months, to demolish these facilities, claiming that they are “located within the boundaries of the occupation municipality in Jerusalem.”

In the town of Sebastia, north of Nablus, the occupation forces demolished an agricultural room and bulldozed the surrounding land. The mayor of Sebastia, Muhammad Azem, said that the occupation forces stormed the area near the archaeological site and demolished an agricultural room owned by Abdel Aziz Al-Nabulsi. He pointed out that it swept the surrounding land, destroyed the fence and the water network in it, and uprooted trees. He added, “this is the second time that the occupation demolishes the building after rebuilding it again.”

In the village of Wadi Rahal, south of Bethlehem, the occupation forces demolished five agricultural rooms. Local activist, Hassan Breijieh, stated that the occupation forces stormed the Shaab Sultan area from the lands of Wadi Rahal and demolished five agricultural rooms, whose owners were known: Hazem Ziada and Muhammad Al-Taweel, under the pretext of not having a license.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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