Thursday, November 25, 2010

A mosque and other structures were demolished by bulldozers in a Palestinian village in the West Bank

The Israeli Civil Administration said the demolished structures did not have "the required permits in a fire area, risking the lives of the population." Residents of the village of Khirbet Yarza said they awoke to the sounds of bulldozers as Israeli personnel moved into the area. A mosque, seven metal structures, a tent and three animal sheds were demolished, residents said. The village is home to some 200 Palestinians who largely depend on livestock and farming for their livings. Fathi Khidrat, coordinator of the Jordan Valley solidarity campaign, said that 68 residents in the village were displaced by the demolitions. Israeli authorities also destroyed houses and animal structures in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Abu Al-Ajaj in the Jordan Valley, village residents said.

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