Demolition of a number of agricultural and residential structures

Demolition of  a number of agricultural and residential structures


Violation : The Israeli occupation demolishes a number of agricultural and residential facilities
Location: Al Aqaba village- Tubas governorate
Date: 06/11/ 2014.
Perpetrators: The Israeli occupation army
Victims : two Bedouin families


Al Aqaba village woke up, Tuesday , November 6th  2014, on  military vehicles surrounding the place from its four directions claiming it is a closed military zone with no entry and exit allowed before . It should be marked that the Israeli occupation vehicles commenced, at 9:00 am, a demolition operation in the eastern and northern part of Al Aqaba. The demolition targeted a residential room and a agricultural barrack.

The following table shows information about the affected citizens:

ed citizen Family Minors No. of sheep Area/m2 Type of structure Photo Notes
Daifallah al-Faqir 5 3 60 45 Residential tent 1+2 underwent three demolitions
Khalid Sobaih 7 2 80 90 Barrack 3 Underwent one demolition
TOTAL 12 5 140 135      


It should be marked that the family of Daifallah al-Faqir was targeted three times during last year where the occupation demolished a residential room for them on July and agricultural barrack on August , not mentioning the aforementioned demolition.

About al-Aqaba:      

Al Aqaba village is located 5 km away from the north eastern part of Tubas city. Al Aqaba has an area of 2600 dunums, 100 of which are devoted for construction and development.

 The rest of the area- that is 2500 dunums- are agricultural lands , 2000 dunums of which were confiscated by the Israeli troops for military purposes. The Local economy of Al Aqaba village depends on the harvest income since the village is regarded as an agricultural area that  80% of its residents rely on the agricultural GDP in supplying their daily life needs. It should be mentioned that the growth of Al Aqaba village has been limited in terms of the economic development where there is but one store which supplies the needs of the 300 inhabitants.

Land Research Center LRC sees that demolitions contradict with all the International conventions and Humanitarian laws including:

  • Article 17 of the (1948) Universal Declaration of Human Rights stating: “Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.”
  • Section ‹G› of article 23 of the (1907) The Hague Conventions asserting: “In addition to the prohibitions provided by special Conventions, it is especially forbidden to destroy or seize the enemy's property, unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war.”
  • Article 53 of the Geneva Fourth Convention (1948) declaring: “Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.”
  • Section 1, Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966): “The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions. The States Parties will take appropriate steps to ensure the realization of this right, recognizing to this effect the essential importance of international co-operation based on free consent."

Land Research Center documented a number of assaults and violations Al-Aqaba witnessed during 2014:

  • Stop work orders on residential astructures in al-Aqaba (Ar, Eng)
  • Demolishing a number of agricultural and residential structures (Ar, Eng)
  • Demolishing three agricultural rooms in al-Aqaba (Ar, Eng)
  • Stop work orders on four structures in al-Aqaba (Ar, Eng



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition