Israeli forces hand out 2 stop-work orders in Hebron village
Published Friday 07/03/2014 (updated) 09/03/2014 10:46
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday handed stop-work orders to two families for homes in Ithna village west of Hebron.
The orders to stop work on construction were received for a house owned by Wisam Jibril Hittawi, which was built four years ago and is home to six people, as well as a house under construction owned by Sayel Mahfouth Islemiyya.
The notices follow a number of stop-work orders handed out in late February in the village by Israeli forces.
The head of Ithna municipality Hashim al-Tumeizi said that more than 100 buildings, some of them over 10 years old, have received similar notices as part of a larger Israeli strategy to displace village inhabitants.
Israel destroyed more than 663 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013, displacing 1101 people, according to UNOCHA.
Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank. It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.