Israeli bulldozers destroy agricultural structures, fields in Hebron
Published Tuesday 08/04/2014 (updated) 09/04/2014 03:12
An Israeli bulldozer uproots olive trees in the West Bank city of
Beit Jala on March 2, 2010 (MaanImages/Luay Sababa)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers early Tuesday demolished agricultural structures and leveled fields in northwest Hebron, locals told Ma'an.
Witnesses said bulldozers escorted by Israeli troops entered private Palestinian fields in the Farsh al-Hawa neighborhood and tore down four buildings used for agricultural purposes.
The structures belonged to Bassam Dweik, Arif al-Jolani, and the al-Yazori family.
Bulldozers also destroyed almond and grape vine fields in the area, locals added.
Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. 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.
Israel destroyed more than 663 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013, displacing 1,101 people, according to UNOCHA. Around 241 more people have been displaced just since the beginning of 2014.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.