Israel Demolishes Residential Structures in Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY, March 18, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Wednesday demolished four residential structures in the northern Jordan Valley village of al-Hadidiya, according to WAFA correspondent.

Reports revealed that an Israeli army force broke into the area in the morning, before proceeding to demolish the structures.

Having no other choice, many Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, under complete Israeli control, are forced to build without permits to be able to provide a shelter for their families, risking in the process having their buildings demolished.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), between December 30 2014 and January 12 2015, the Israeli authorities demolished 27 Palestinian structures in Area C of the West Bank and five in East Jerusalem, in addition to two self demolition incidents, due to lack of Israeli-issued building permits.

Israel is planning to annex the Jordan Valley into a completely Israeli area, primarily in agriculture, targeting to ban territorial contiguity between a future Palestinian state and the rest of the Arab world.

To this end, tens of settlements and agricultural outposts have been established by Israel in the Valley, which makes up about one-third of the total area of the occupied West Bank.