Israeli forces ‘demolish 2 homes’ in Bedouin village 27Jan12 January 27, 2012

Ma’an News Agency  -  26 January 2012

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two houses on Wednesday in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Kheer, south Hebron, a rights group said.

Operation Dove said that two bulldozers arrived in the village at 9.00 a.m. escorted by military jeeps. The two homes did not have demolition orders.

After finishing the demolition, Israeli forces went to the nearby village of Khallet al-Maiyya and confiscated a tractor belonging to villagers. Residents tried to prevent the confiscation by standing between Israeli forces.

Umm al-Kheer is a Bedouin village located in Area C. It was built in 1948 and has faced routine harassment from the nearby Karmel settlement.

In the first six months of 2011, OCHA reports that the Israeli authorities demolished 342 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C, including 125 residential “structures”, displacing a total of 656 Palestinians, including 351 children — almost five times as many demolitions and people displaced as during the first half of 2010, according to OCHA.

From 2000 to 2007, the Civil Administration approved 5 percent of the applications for building permits submitted by Palestinians in Area C, Israeli NGO Bimkom said.

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