Palestinians Receive 20 Demolishing Orders near Hebron

12:00 Jan 10 2012 Umm al-Khair village, south of Hebron, next to Karmel settlement

HEBRON, January 10, 2012 (WAFA) – Palestinian residents of Umm Al Khair village, south of Hebron said that 12 more structures in the village received demolition orders-- eight of which are dwellings--for a total of 20 structures, Tuesday said a press release by Operation Dove . It said that the Israeli Civil Administration, escorted by an Israeli army jeep, entered Umm Al Khair, examined different buildings, and issued stop-work orders.

“Among the identified structures, there is also the fencing of the football field built by Palestinians in cooperation with an Israeli group. At that time Israeli authorities gave a verbal permission to the construction,” it said. According to the press release, the deadline to appeal to the Israeli High Court is fixed on January 22; in case of dismissing any appeal, the stop-work orders will be followed by demolition orders. It said that two of the families, that received the stop-work orders for the houses that they are building to replace the old ones, were demolished on the September 8, 2011.The last events are part of a planned strategy to expel the Bedouin community in order to permit a further expansion of the settlement of Karmel, it said.

It said that in October 2008 the Israeli army demolished ten tents leaving 60 Bedouins homeless.

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