Israeli forces demolish Palestinian structures in West Bank

21:50, July 21, 2010      

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Israeli forces demolished Palestinian houses and industrial structures in a West Bank suburb near Ramallah city, witnesses said Wednesday.

According to witnesses, two bulldozers destroyed several houses, vehicle workshops and warehouses in Al-Laban town, northwest of Ramallah.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the demolitions took place to impose buffer zone to protect a road used by settlers in a nearby Jewish outpost.

Palestinian families scuffled with Israeli forces that accompanied the bulldozers, said Wafa.

Al-Laban locates in C Area where Israel has security and administrative responsibility. C Area makes about 60 percent of the original West Bank space and 4 percent of the space that should be controlled by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

On Monday, Israel demolished makeshift houses for Palestinians in Jordan Valley, a C area in eastern West Bank that Israel considers its eastern border with Jordan despite Palestinian rejection.

The PNA considers the demolitions as part of Israeli " provocations" that aim at expanding illegal settlement units, a matter that prevents the two sides from starting direct peace talks.

Source: Xinhua


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