Last Updated: Tue Oct 11, 2011 13:41 pm (KSA) 10:41 am (GMT)

Israel razes Jordan valley mosque for 3rd time: security

Israeli forces demolished a mosque in a remote Bedouin village in the Jordan valley because it was built without required permits and located inside a firing zone, the Israeli military said. (File photo)
Israeli forces demolished a mosque in a remote Bedouin village in the Jordan valley because it was built without required permits and located inside a firing zone, the Israeli military said. (File photo)

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished for the third time a mosque in a remote Bedouin village in the Jordan valley, Palestinian security forces said.

The demolition took place in the village of Khirbet Yarza, some five kilometers (three miles) east of Tubas in the northeastern corner of the West Bank.

The mosque has been demolished twice before, once in February and before that in November 2010, when troops razed the mosque, its much larger extension, and various animal stables.

The military could not immediately confirm the latest demolition but in the past has said it razed the mosque because it was built without required permits and located inside a firing zone.

Khirbet Yarza is located in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control and where all construction and planning issues come under the jurisdiction of the Israeli Civil Administration.

Area C comprises around 60 percent of the West Bank.

Figures from the Israeli NGO Bimkom show that around 95 percent of Palestinian applications for a building permit are rejected, with the Civil Administration only granting around 12 permits a year.

United Nations figures show that in 2009, Israel destroyed 180 Palestinian structures in Area C, including 56 residential buildings.

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