Israel to demolish Palestinian homes in Bethlehem

Israeli occupation authorities handed demolition orders to owners of two Palestinian houses and a fence in the neighbourhood of Nahaleen in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Quds Press reported yesterday.

Chairman of Nahaleen Municipality Subhi Zaidan told the news agency that the Israeli occupation forces accompanied by employees from the Israeli Civil Administration distributed the demolition orders.

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The houses, Zaidan said, are owned by Isam Shakarneh and Hashim Najajra and occupation forces claim they were built without building licenses.

The Israeli occupation authorities told the owners that be demolitions would take place as early as this week, claiming that they had previously informed them that this was to happen and no appeals had been submitted.