Israel demolishes children’s playground near Nablus

14 Apr

161193080The Israeli army flattened the Za’atara park within a few minutes. It was the only place for children to play in the town of Beita, south of Nablus. (Photo: Palestinian Information Centre)

Ma’an News Agency report, Bethlehem, 13 April, 2016

Israel destroys 3 homes, public park amid mass demolition campaign

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished three Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank village of al-Walaja and a children’s park near Nablus amid a mass escalation in demolitions across the occupied area this year. A PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told Ma‘an that Israeli bulldozers razed a children’s park in Zaatara south of Nablus. The Israeli authorities gave no prior notice before demolishing the park, which was built last year with around $60,000 donated by Belgium via the Municipal Developing and Lending Fund, Daghlas said.

Locals told Ma‘an that bulldozers escorted by Israeli military forces also raided the Ein al-Jweizeh area in northern al-Walaja near Bethlehem, demolishing three homes that were still under construction.The homeowners — al-Walaja residents Maher Abu Khyara, Issa Qintar and Obeida al-Muhtasib — were reportedly told that the demolitions were carried out due to lack of proper building permits. Locals said Israeli military forces had raided the village several days prior to take photos of a number of homes and deliver demolition orders to their owners.


One Response to “Israel demolishes children’s playground near Nablus”

  1. Simon Reeves April 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    It just gets worse. Adults ought not to be behaving like children in front of children. What goes around comes around.

    There appears to have been no complaint by the ‘authorities’ of the playground having been providing illegal facilities for the children.

    Will we now see a hastily drafted and produced permit for that as well as the ones which were produced to finish off the ‘illegal’ construction of the 3 houses which were being constructed?

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