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Israeli army demolishes 20 homes in West Bank

A woman sits near her belongings after Israeli forces demolished her house in the occupied West Bank. (REUTERS)

By Reuters

The Israeli army yesterday demolished 20 houses in the northern West Bank after evacuating some 40 families who were living there, Palestinian witnesses said.

The ramshackle houses used by local shepherds were in the farming village of Tana near Nablus in the so-called Area C, a closed military zone where Israel exercises full control.

Residents said the army had told them to evacuate the buildings a month ago.

An Israeli military spokesman said the structures "were built without permits in an area where the military conducts exercises with live ammunition".


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