Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian house in East Jerusalem., Aug.21, 2019. Photo credit: AP
Israeli occupation forces ordered this week a halt on the construction of seven houses for Palestinian citizens in Masafer Yatta, a Bedouin locality to the south of AlKhalil city in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.
Rateb Jabour, a local anti-settlements activist, told WAFA news agency that an Israeli military force raided the locality and ordered the workers at the site of construction to stop all works, under the pretext that the seven houses were being built without an Israeli permit.
The targeted houses are located in a zone classified as Area C, the more than 60 percent of the West Bank that is under full Israeli administrative and military control, where Israel rarely issues construction permits to Palestinians, forcing many people to build without permits.
Israel refuses to allow Palestinian development of any kind in Area C and often demolishes what Palestinians build.