Israel orders halt on construction of school near Bethlehem

Days Of Palestine - Bethlehem

Israeli military ordered on saturday a halt on the construction of a basic school and confiscated a bulldozer which was working on the project in the village of Kisan, near the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

A large Israeli military force raided the village and ordered the workers at the site of construction to stop all works, under the pretext that the school was being built without an Israeli permit. The soldiers reportedly confiscated a bulldozer which was working on the project and threatened to arrest the workers in the event they resumed the works.

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The area where the construction is ordered to stop is located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, where Israel rarely issues construction permits to Palestinians, forcing many people to build without permits.

Israel refuses to allow Palestinian development of any kind in Area C, which makes up over 60 percent of the total area of the occupied West Bank, and often demolishes what Palestinians build despite the Israeli ban.

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