Israeli Authorities Demolish Palestinian-owned Structures near Bethlehem

Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished a livestock barn and a tent, east of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Sources said the structures were owned by a local Palestinian, who was detained for several hours before being released.

Palestinian security sources said the demolition was carried out under the pretext that they lacked an Israeli permit to build.

Sources told WAFA that Israeli occupation troops invaded the area, demolished the two structures and confiscated them.

The structures were built in the so-called “Area C”, which is under full Israeli civil and military rule.

Israeli forces frequently carry out demolitions against the Palestinian people, forcing them to find shelter elsewhere.

At the same time, Israel allows the construction and expansion of illegal colonies, built on occupied Palestinian lands, in violation of International law.

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are considered protected persons under international law, namely the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Article 4 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states;

“Persons protected by the Convention are those who, at a given moment and in any manner whatsoever, find themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a Party to the conflict or Occupying Power of which they are not nationals.”

(Source / 25.05.2020)

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