Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Palestinians file claim with ICC against Israel's razing of West Bank village

Palestinians file claim with ICC against Israel's razing of West Bank village

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities deny most Palestinian applications for the necessary building permits in Israeli-controlled Area C, which accounts for around 60 per cent of the West Bank, forcing Palestinians to build homes and other essential infrastructure without permission and live under constant threat of demolition.

A resolution passed by the lawmaking body Thursday warned Israel that the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar "would constitute a grave breach of global humanitarian law" and threaten peace efforts with the Palestinians.

Activists had erected a number of huts near the village, home to almost 200 people, in the occupied West Bank that is slated for demolition by Israel.

Israel's military liaison agency with the Palestinians, COGAT, said on Twitter that five "movable structures that were illegally transported & installed" in the area had been taken down.

Palestinian children line up before the early start of classes at a school in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank on July 16, 2018.

Critics say its removal is meant to make room for an Israeli settlement.

The PA further called on Palestinians to come to the streets of Khan al-Ahmar to protest any attempt to demolish the village.

KHAN AL-AHMAR, Palestinian Territories - Israeli border police removed caravans on Thursday from near a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, which they have orders to demolish despite worldwide criticism, officials said.

It stated that "the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute a grave breach of worldwide humanitarian law".

The incident, he added, was likely a prelude to the imminent demolition of Khan al-Ahmar - a Bedouin village locate nearby - and the eviction of its inhabitants.

Mladenov said the planned demolition of the village would "undermine the prospect for two-state solution and is against global law". The residents have rejected all alternatives offered to them.

Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal last week, paving the way for demolition.

In the beginning of that month, the state had begun its preparations to raze the hamlet, where none of the structures have been granted permits.

A one-week notice was allowed by Israeli high court ahead of demolition order, after it had rejected an appeal by the residents of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin community and ruled in favor of the community's demolition after evicting its residents on September 5.

The Israeli force, Assaf said, had since cordoned off the area, designating it a "military zone".

A top Palestinian official says the Palestinians have filed a war crimes claim against Israel at the International Criminal Court over its planned razing of a West Bank Bedouin hamlet.

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