Israel gives West Bank village Oct 1 demolition deadline

2018-09-23 13:09
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a media conference with European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini at the EU Council building in Brussels. (Virginia Mayo, AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a media conference with European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini at the EU Council building in Brussels. (Virginia Mayo, AP)

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Jerusalem — The Israeli military has informed residents of a West Bank hamlet that they have until October 1 to leave before their homes face demolition.

Israel says Khan al-Ahmar, an encampment of corrugated shacks outside an Israeli settlement, was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents a few miles away. But Palestinians and other critics say it's impossible for Palestinians to get building permits and the demolition is aimed at displacing Palestinians in favor of settlement expansion.

The military delivered a leaflet on Sunday offering to assist the residents in demolishing the structures. Earlier this month, Israel's Supreme Court rejected a final appeal against the slated demolition.

Israel has come under heavy criticism, with major European countries calling on it to halt demolition plans.

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