Image of Israeli forces demolishing homes in the West Bank to make way for Israeli settlements [File photo]
Israeli occupation forces on Sunday gave orders that the underway construction of three Palestinian homes and two livestock barns in the village of Qaryout, to the south of Nablus city, in the occupied West Bank, be immediately halted.
Ghassan Daghlas, an official in charge of monitoring Israeli violations in the area, told WAFA news agency that Israeli occupation forces handed local residents a notice ordering them to stop the construction of the three homes and the two barns, under the pretext of lacking an Israeli construction permit.
The homes and barns belong to five Palestinian citizens from Qaryout.
The area where the construction is ordered to stop is 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 despite the Israeli ban.