Israel orders halt on construction of 11 homes in Bethlehem


BETHLEHEM, January 8, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities on Sunday ordered a halt on the construction of about 11 Palestinian-owned homes in Wadi Abul-Hummus area, east of Bethlehem, according to local sources.

Hassan Burajiya, of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Bethlehem, told WAFA that Israeli forces notified Palestinians to stop the construction of the 11 homes, despite the fact they are being constructed in Area A of the West Bank, under complete Palestinian civil and security control.

He said Israeli forces claimed that the stop-construction orders came because the 11 homes lack Israeli construction permits, and said their owners have obtained construction permits from the Palestinian side since they are being constructed within Area A.