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Israel prevents supplying tents to homeless Palestinians
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_Israel99(3).jpgThe International Red Cross has stopped providing tents for Palestinian residents whose houses were demolished by the Israeli regime in the occupied Jordan Valley.

The decision came after the regime troops also tore down the tents and prevented the organization from taking the tents into villages in the area as part of a humanitarian aid supply, Ynetnews reported on Wednesday.

The Israeli regime claims that the Palestinian houses, built without permits, were destroyed several months ago by the troops, in line with a court ruling.

In January, Israeli bulldozers backed by military jeeps entered the village of Makhool in Jordan Valley and evacuated the residents before destroying the village.

The Israeli soldiers further seized two tents and confiscated all materials that had been provided to them by European Humanitarian aid agencies.

Demolitions are commonplace in the Jordan Valley as Tel Aviv’s policy of settlement expansion is escalating in the area.

Palestinians have called upon international bodies to pressurize Israel into halting the arbitrary demolitions, saying the regime is attempting to judaize the area.

Meanwhile, the Zionist regime of Israel on Wednesday pushed forward with plans to build more than 550 new homes in settlement neighborhoods of annexed east Jerusalem, the city council said.

According to AFP, in a statement listing "building permits that were approved" during a local planning committee session, it said permits were granted to private contractors to build 386 units in Har Homa, 136 units in Neve Yaakov and 36 units in Pisgat Zeev.

Issuing construction permits is one of the last stages before construction begins, with building likely to start in the coming weeks, Israel's Peace Now settlement watchdog said.

Israel and the Palestinians began a round of direct peace talks at the end of July with the aim of reaching an agreement within nine months.

But the U.S.-led negotiations have been overshadowed by Israel's refusal to rein in construction plans on land the Palestinians want for a future state, and the sides have been at loggerheads over a number of other issues, including security.

Israel captured east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

It considers all of Jerusalem its "eternal, undivided" capital and does not see construction in the eastern sector as settlement building.

But the Palestinians want east Jerusalem for the capital of their promised state, and they -- along with the international community -- consider settlement construction there as well as in the West Bank a violation of international law.
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