BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday delivered a demolition order for a Palestinian agricultural structure located inside of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, local officials said.
Head of the Khallet Sakariya village council, Muhammad Ibrahim Atallah, told Ma’an that Israeli forces issued the order to demolish a 60-meter-square metal structure used as a sheep barn.
The barn belongs to Muhammad Ahmad Ismail.
A month ago, Israeli forces delivered two demolition orders to Tayseer Muhammad Ahmad Saad and Khalil Muhammad Mahmoud Saad for their homes.
Over 30 residents in the small village have received demolition warrants, Atallah said, adding that villagers are gradually leaving because Israel’s military forces do not allow any new construction.
Around 150 villagers have left since 2007, with the population now standing at 500.
Khallet Sakariya is located in the center of Israel’s Gush Etzion bloc adjacent to the Jewish-only settlement of Rosh Zurim.
Around 2,000 dunams of the total area of 9,000 has been confiscated by military forces, Atallah added.