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Dhahiriyah & Mualla

What is affected
Housing Private
Type of violation Forced eviction
Demolition/destruction
Dispossession/confiscation
Date 02 September 2013
Region MENA
Country Palestine
City Dhahiriyah, West Bank

Affected persons (number & composition)

Total 100
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
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Brief narrative

The Hebron Governorate has received an official notification from the Israeli Civil Administration ordering several Palestinians in the village of Dhahiriyah to halt their construction work and to demolish whatever has been constructed.

The Israeli Civil Administration claimed that the construction of the houses had begun without obtaining the official building licenses from the occupation authorities. The Civil Administration is the Israeli occupation’s governing body in the occupied West Bank. There are about 700 Jewish colonists living in the heart of Hebron with the protection of thousands of Israeli soldiers.

A senior official at the Hebron Governorate said that at least four Palestinians have added a room or two to their already existing houses. The Israelis have strictly refused these additions and have ordered the demolition of the work already done.

The official told Gulf News that the Israeli occupation’s Civil Administration has fixed 30 September as the deadline for the restoration of the earlier status quo.

The Israeli Civil Administration announced that the Hebron Branch Searching Committee will hold a meeting on 30 September to review what the Israelis labeled as violations on that day and make the necessary decisions about those violations.

The Palestinian official said that copies of the Israeli notifications were handed over to the Palestinian owners of the constructions on Monday so they could take all the necessary measures against the Israeli orders. The officials stressed that it seems there has been no chance for the Palestinian owners of those houses to go against the Israeli orders.

The official stressed that this was the second time in the past week that the Israeli Civil Administration has handed over such demolishing orders in Hebron, as other demolition orders were also issued for the village of Mualla in Hebron.

The official said that Hebron is an extremely sensitive issue for the Israelis who strictly monitor the construction work of all the residents of the Hebron Governorate.

The official stressed that the Israelis do not allow Palestinians of Hebron to build or to add to already existing buildings in Zones B and C and that even the measures applied on the city boundaries of Hebron in Zone A are basically different from those adopted in the rest of the Palestinian cities of the West Bank.

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