Israeli bulldozers Wednesday morning demolished a Palestinian house under construction in the northern West Bank village of Jbara, south of Tulkarm, according to witnesses.
They said that a large unit of Israeli soldiers escorted two bulldozers into the neighborhood where the house was located as soldiers cordoned off the village, preventing entry and exit of the villagers.
The bulldozers proceeded to demolish the house, reducing it to rubble.
The witnesses added that the house owner had already received a stop-construction notice before receiving a demolition order a week ago.
The structure was demolished purportedly for being built without a license from the so-called Israeli Civil Administration, in Area C.
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 the estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.
The “Civil Administration” is the name Israel gives to the body administering its military occupation of the West Bank.