Israel Demolishes Agricultural Structures near Hebron

HEBRON, January 29, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli army demolished on Thursday an animal barn and a makeshift residential structure near the village of Idna, northwest of Hebron in the West Bank, according to local sources.

Idna Municipality said an Israeli army force broke into the area, before proceeding to demolish a 1000-square-meter animal barn used for cattle husbandry and a residential structure. The barn and the structure are owned by two local residents.

Recurrent demolitions in Area C of the West Bank are frequently attributed to unpermitted construction.

Under the Oslo Accords of 1993, Israel maintains military and administrative control over Area C, which makes up 60% of the West Bank, but still hardly issues construction permits for Palestinians in this area.

Villagers and farmers, who make up the majority of Palestinian residents in Area C, often find themselves compelled to embark on construction of homes and animal barns without obtaining a permit, which is to avoid the tight Israeli restrictions on permission issuance.