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Israeli bulldozers backed by army troops on Tuesday demolished two houses in the Al-Aroub refugee camp near the West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron).
"Two Israeli bulldozers demolished the two houses, built on an area of 200 square meters each and owned by Mohamed Helmi Abu Ghazi, 42, and Hassan Abu Ghazi, 44, on the pretext that they were built without permits," Ahmad Abu Khairan, head of the refugee camp's Popular Committee, an NGO that advocates Palestinian rights, told Anadolu Agency.
"Israeli forces also destroyed dozens of the camp's olive, grape and fig trees," he added.
The demolition campaign angered local Palestinians, who converged on the area to protest before Israeli forces used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse them, he said.
At least four Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets while dozens suffered temporary asphyxiation, he added.
Helmi Abu Ghazi, whose family was displaced from their land near Beersheba in 1948 following Israel's establishment, said defiantly that he would not leave his home.
"I have six children and a wife. I have no other place to go," he told AA. "I will set up my tent on the ruins of my home."
"The Israelis displaced me once; I won't let them do it again," Abu Ghazi said.
Established in 1949, the Al-Aroub refugee camp is home to 13,000 Palestinian refugees, according to 2013 figures from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Israel demolished more than 500 Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) last year alone.
Israeli municipal authorities impose tight restrictions on the building and renovation of Palestinian homes in "Area C" of the occupied West Bank.
According to the terms of the 1993 Oslo Accords, Area C is subject to total Israeli administrative and security control.Last Mod: 04 Mayıs 2014, 11:34