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Khirbat Tana Demolished

What is affected
Housing Social/public
Housing Private
Land Social/public
Land Private
Communal
Electricity, Sewage
Type of violation Forced eviction
Demolition/destruction
Dispossession/confiscation
Date 05 July 2005
Region MENA
Country Palestine/Israel
City Khirbat Tana, Nablus

Affected persons (number & composition)

Total 100
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
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Costs
Demolition/destruction
Land losses

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Housing losses
- Number of homes 20
- Total value
Infrastructure

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

State
West Bank planning authorities, IOF, Minister of Defense
Brief narrative

Source: Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) Khirbat Tana is an agricultural village located east of Bayt Furik in the Nablus district. The livelihood of the village residents, including the petitioners, who have lived in the village for dozens of years, is based on the cultivation of land and the rearing of livestock. The village residents live in a variety of structures including brick structures, caves, stone buildings covered by tin roofs, and tents.

The residents live in the village throughout the year, except for during a 2-month period in the summer when they temporarily move to the agricultural land in the area of Beit Furik. Despite the fact that Khirbat Tana has existed for many years, the village has never received official planning status, and the military authorities have never taken the time to prepare a detailed outline plan - a necessary prerequisite for obtaining building permits. On 5 July 2005, while the residents of the village were absent, the army destroyed the village of Khirbat Tana. The destruction included mass demolitions of structures, including the village school, with bulldozers.

As a result the village was wiped out and its residents expelled from their place of residence, their land, and their source of livelihood. The only thing left at the site was an ancient mosque, and one additional structure. As a result of the destruction, some 20 families lost their homes and other structures. Some of the cave openings in the areas that are used by the residents as dwellings or for storage were blocked off.

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