Israel to Demolish Family Home near Hebron

HEBRON, June 22, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Monday notified a local resident of Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, of the demolishing of his family home, according to local sources.

Coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Hebron, Rateb Jabour, said an Israeli army unit broke into the area and handed Belal Shamasti, a local resident, a notice informing him about their intent to demolish his house, which shelters 10 members of his family, including children, under the pretext of construction without a permit.

The congregation, which relies heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood, has been a frequent target for Israeli regular assaults.

Issuance of construction permits for Palestinians living in Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control, is strictly limited, forcing Palestinians residing in such areas to embark on construction without obtaining a permit.

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.