Palestinian family in cave home faces Israeli eviction Aug 10, 2020

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Palestinian family in cave home faces Israeli eviction Aug 10, 2020

ISLAMABAD- Farasin, Palestinian Territories,Ahmed Amarneh's home, with a wooden door opening onto cushion-lined rooms, is

not the first Palestinian residence in the occupied West Bank to receive a demolition

notice from Israel.

         But it may be the first built inside a cave which the Jewish state has threatened

to destroy.

            Amarneh, a 30-year-old civil engineer, lives with his family in the northern

West Bank village of Farasin, where Israel insists it must approve any new

residential construction and can tear down homes built without permits.

           "I tried twice to build (a house), but the occupation authorities told me it was forbidden to build in the area," Amarneh told AFP, using a term for Israel used by

some Palestinians.

             The Oslo peace accords of the 1990s gave the Palestinians self-rule in parts

of the West Bank.

           However, some 60 percent of the territory dubbed Area C, where Farasin is

located, remains under full Israeli civil and military control.

             The United Nations considers Area C as occupied Palestinian Territory.

             But Israel has increasingly allocated land there for construction of Jewish settlements -- communities considered illegal under international law.

         Farasin, Palestinian Territories, Aug 10 (AFP/APP):Ahmed Amarneh's home, with a wooden door opening onto cushion-lined rooms, is

not the first Palestinian residence in the occupied West Bank to receive a demolition

notice from Israel.

         But it may be the first built inside a cave which the Jewish state has threatened

to destroy.

            Amarneh, a 30-year-old civil engineer, lives with his family in the northern

West Bank village of Farasin, where Israel insists it must approve any new

residential construction and can tear down homes built without permits.

           "I tried twice to build (a house), but the occupation authorities told me it was forbidden to build in the area," Amarneh told AFP, using a term for Israel used by

some Palestinians.

             The Oslo peace accords of the 1990s gave the Palestinians self-rule in parts

of the West Bank.

           However, some 60 percent of the territory dubbed Area C, where Farasin is

located, remains under full Israeli civil and military control.

             The United Nations considers Area C as occupied Palestinian Territory.

             But Israel has increasingly allocated land there for construction of Jewish settlements -- communities considered illegal under international law.