Israel Demolishes Animal Barn in Hebron

HEBRON, January 19, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army Monday demolished an animal barn that belongs to a Palestinian family near the village of Bani Naim, to the east of Hebron in the West Bank, according to local sources.

Witnesses told WAFA an Israeli army force accompanied by heavy machinery broke into the area before proceeding to demolish the barn, owned by local residents and used for livestock husbandry.

The incident is not the first of its kind as a result of an ongoing policy of property demolition. The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD) has considered such demolitions as aiming to empty Jerusalem and West Bank from its indigenous people and replace them with Israeli settlers.

Hundreds of Palestinians are unable to build due to the lack of necessary construction permits. Israel imposes many restrictions on issuing permits for Palestinians living in Area C of the West Bank, which falls under complete Israeli administrative and military control. Such restrictions force many of them to construct without obtaining a proper building permit.