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Israeli bulldozers backed by army forces on Monday demolished two houses and a water tank owned by Palestinians near Nablus city in the northern West Bank on the pretext that they had been built illegally, a Palestinian official said.
"Dozens of Israeli army jeeps and bulldozers stormed Kherbt al-Taweel village early in the morning and proceeded to demolish citizens' property," Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian Authority official responsible for monitoring Israeli settlements built in the northern West Bank, told Anadolu Agency.
Israeli forces also seized five mobile health units, he added.
Jawdat Bani Jabr, head of the Akraba village council, which encompasses the village, said the two houses had belonged to Anwar Sidki, 47, and Mohamad Sidqi, 44. The water tank had belonged to Fouad Ghazi, 37, he noted.
Bani Jabr had earlier accused Israeli authorities of trying to control the village because of its strategic location, which overlooks the Jordan Valley.
Sidki, whose house was demolished, said it was the second time in one month that Israeli the civil administration brought down his home without any prior warning.
"I will rebuild my home as I did before; my five children and myself have no other place to go," he said.
The Jordan Valley – a large, fertile strip of land that accounts for roughly one quarter of the occupied West Bank – is populated by nearly 10,000 Palestinians, mostly farmers.
Israel has built nearly 21 Jewish settlements in the area, which it views as an economic and security buffer zone.
Israel wants to keep the region under its full control in any future peace deal with the Palestinians.
Palestinians, for their part, want the Jordan Valley as part of a future state of Palestine.
Palestinians briefly detain 3 armed settlers near Nablus
Dozens of Palestinians on Monday briefly detained three armed Jewish settlers who had intruded into the Palestinian village of Burin in the northern West Bank before handing them over to Palestinian authorities, a Palestinian official said.
"Palestinian citizens detained three armed settlers from the settlement of Brakha near Burin village south of Nablus city," Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian Authority official responsible for monitoring Israeli settlements built in the northern West Bank, told Anadolu Agency.
"Citizens captured the armed settlers, who had stormed the village on motorcycles, and held them at a local house," Daghlas said.
"Villagers contacted the Palestinian security services directly, who in turn handed the trio over to the Israelis," he added.
Burin village is subject to sporadic attacks by Jewish settlers from the nearby settlements of Yitzhar and Brakha.Last Mod: 12 Mayıs 2014, 16:08