RAMALLAH, Friday, February 12, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation authorities today forced a Palestinian to demolish his own livestock barn in al-Fureidis village, east of Bethlehem city, according to an official.
Director of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission in Bethlehem Hassan Breija said that Sleiman al-Wahsh tore down his barn, which occupied 60 square meters, to avoid paying exorbitant costs if the Israeli military bulldozers carry out the demolition.
Al-Wahsh carried out the demolition of his barn four days after receiving a demolition order purportedly for building it without a license.
He pointed that he was rearing 50 sheep in the barn, which was the main source of livelihood for his family, comprising 14 members.
Israeli refuses to permit virtually any Palestinian construction in Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.
In contrast, Israel much more easily gives over 700,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.