Jan 15, 2016, 4:49 PM
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Israeli forces demolish homes, structures in Hebron district

Tehran, Jan 15, IRNA – Israeli forces on Thursday demolished a home under construction and uprooted olive trees in the village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron, a local official said.

Muhammad Ayyad Awad, a popular committee spokesperson in Beit Ummar, told Ma'an that 'Israeli troops raided Beit Ummar and demolished the house of Yousef Ehmedan Abu Maria, which measured 140 square meters and was under construction.'
He added: 'They also demolished cement walls surrounding 500 square meters of land which belonged to Saleh Mahmoud Jabawbrah, and uprooted many vines and olive trees.'
Israeli forces also demolished a Palestinian-owned barn and structure near the Beit al-Baraka church, which was covertly purchased in 2012 by American millionaire Irving Moskowitz with the intention of turning it into a settlement outpost.
'Israeli troops also demolished a barn, which was built in 2002 on 600 square meters of land belonging to Khaled Samahin, and caused damage worth 250,000 shekels ($63,345),' Awad said.
The structure near Beit al-Baraka in the southern West Bank district of Hebron reportedly belonged to Farouq Hassan Abu Ayyash.
Israeli authorities approved the annexation of Beit al-Baraka to the Gush Etzion cluster of settlements on Jan. 6.
There are more than 500,000 Israelis living in settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which are illegal according to international law.
According to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, more than 48,480 Palestinian homes and structures have been demolished by Israel since 1967.
Meanwhile, The UN Officer for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recorded the demolition of 501 Palestinian-owned structures in 2015, which displaced 659 people.