Israeli Occupation Demolition Orders in Qalqiliya Could Leave Dozens Homeless

Occupied: Headlines From Palestine

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders to five Palestinian families in the northern West Bank village of Hajja east of Qalqiliya on Sunday morning.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces “stormed” the village and delivered the orders to five local families.

Locals said that authorities are claiming that the families have built their homes without licenses, and thus intend to demolish them, potentially leaving dozens of family members homeless.

The houses slated for demolition belong to locals Yusuf Omar Ahmad Hilal, Samir Omar Ahmad Hilal, Ibrahim Hilal Ahmad Hilal, Bilal Nur al-Deen Masalha, and Nitham Hussein Masalha.

Israel has demolished more than 543 Palestinian structures and displaced at least 1,266 people so far in 2014, according to UNOCHA.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank in areas under their control, or about 80 percent of the total land area.

Some 27,000 Palestinian homes…

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