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Israel defends demolition of EU-funded ‘illegal’ homes in Umm el-Kheir

The Israeli Civil Administration, in charge of civilian affairs in the West Bank, tells The Times of Israel the demolition of EU-funded structures in Umm el-Kheir earlier today was enforcing internationally recognized agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in which “construction of all kinds in Area C requires the approval of the competent authorities.”

In a statement, the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories says that “the Civil Administration, according to its authority, is taking enforcement proceedings against such illegal construction.”

The homes in question were “four illegal buildings that were built without the required permits,” it said.

An EU-funded shelter in the Palestinian village of Umm el-Kheir, demolished by Israeli authorities on August 9, 2016. (Guy Butavia)
An EU-funded shelter in the Palestinian village of Umm el-Kheir, demolished by Israeli authorities on August 9, 2016. (Guy Butavia)

It added: “It should be noted that regarding these illegal structures, these measures were previously enforced, yet the buildings were rebuilt against the law.”

— Dov Lieber

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