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Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish Palestinian Homes in Bethlehem and Nablus

Israeli army levels home in village east of Bethlehem 

Thursday July 19, 2007 15:31 by Ghassan and R. P. - International Middle East Media Center - IMEMC Editorial Group

Israeli army bulldozers and military vehicles stormed the village of Al-Asakra, located east of Bethlehem city in the southern West Bank, leveling the house on Thursday at midday.

The owner of the house, Mohammed Hussain, said that soldiers surrounded his home, which is still under construction, forcing everyone away from the house. Army bulldozers then leveled it to the ground. Hussain added that the army gave him no warning of the demolition.

The house in question is located near an illegal Israeli settlement outpost that was built on land stolen from Palestinians from Al-Asakra village.

The Israeli army, as always, stated that the house was built without the necessary permits. Such permits have never been granted by the Israeli state to Palestinians since Israeli occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967. Mr. Hussain stated that this demolition is aimed at forcing him out of his land, so that settlers can take over and expand their illegal outpost.

Israeli occupation bulldozers begin demolishing home of Hamas loyalist in Nablus 

Date: 19 / 07 / 2007 Time: 10:12

Nablus - Ma'an - 

Israeli military bulldozers on Thursday morning started demolishing parts of a Palestinian home belonging to the Natour family in the Zawata suburb of west Nablus, in the northern West Bank.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that dozens of Israeli occupation military vehicles invaded the village at 5:00 in the morning and besieged the home of Asa'ad Natour before arresting his son Jihad, 21.

Palestinian security sources stated that Natour is a Hamas loyalist in the area, yet he is not a prominent activist. A neighbor who lives near the besieged home, Um Muhammad, told Ma'an via telephone that dozens of Israeli occupation troops surrounded the area and forced the residents of the Natour house to evacuate it.

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