HEBRON, February 1, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Sunday handed stop-construction notices for several Palestinian-owned homes in Hebron’s town of Beit Ummar, according to a local activist.
Mohammad Awad, spokesperson of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Hebron, said an Israeli army force and a staff of the Israeli Civil Administration stormed the village and handed two local residents notifications ordering them to stop the construction work on several homes.
The two houses are located in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military and civil control.
Israel rarely issues construction permits for Palestinians in Area C and in East Jerusalem, forcing Palestinians to construct without obtaining an Israeli permit.
Issuing permits for Palestinians, unlike for Jewish settlers, requires unreasonable fees that most Palestinian families cannot afford to pay.
Meanwhile, the army confiscated a tractor in the village, under the pretext of using the tractor to transfer construction materials for the building of unpermitted homes.
Army also closed a number of roads and entrances of several neighborhoods near the village with cement cubes and earth mounds, hindering traffic movement and preventing residents’ access to their homes and land.