Israeli authorities have delivered eviction orders to a dozen Palestinian families in a village near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
The demolition orders this time were handed the Arab residents in of Barta'a Ash-Sharqiya, a village isolated between the Israeli separation wall and the Green Line border, established following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war to separate Israel from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Israeli forces "broke into several homes, searched and ransacked their contents, and handed over demolition orders for homes and other structures," Ma'an quoted a member of the Municipal Council in Barta'a Ash-Sharqiya.
A recent UN report said Israel effectively bans Palestinian construction in 70 percent of the West Bank's Area C, which includes all the Israeli settlements, roads used to access the settlements as well as almost all of the Jordan Valley and Judean Desert.
The report by the world body's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) explained the number equaled to about 44 percent of the West Bank lands.
According to the OCHA, Israel demolished 180 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C in 2009 on the grounds that they lacked permits from the Civil Administration — a branch of Israel's Defense Ministry. The move has left at least 319 people homeless.
This is while, according to the report, the Israeli institution often denies building permit requests to Palestinian residents for failing to comply with Israeli-authored planning schemes, or outdated plans from the British Mandate period.
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