Israeli Occupation Forces demolish structures in Khirbet Al-Tuwayyel in Nablus governorate

Israeli Occupation Forces demolish structures in Khirbet Al-Tuwayyel in Nablus governorate


  • Violation: demolition of structures
  • Location: Nablus governorate
  • Date: January 17, 2016
  • Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces
  • Victims:  citizen Ahmad Bani Fadil


A massive force from Israeli occupation army backed by a military dozer raided on January 17, 2016 Al-Tuwayyel hamlet, east Aqraba town in Nablus governorate and embarked on a demolition operation.

It should be marked that the force ordered the family of Ahmad Bani Fadil to evacuate their residence (metal slaps) before leveling it to the ground. The force then demolished an agricultural barrack and a power cable that provides the residence with electricity.

The occupation claimed the structures unlicensed and that stop-work orders were served on them in summer of 2016.

It should be noted that Israeli Occupation Forces lately escalated attacks and violations against Palestinians for the sake of emptying the area  for the favor of colonial expansion.


Photos 1-8: views of the demolition operation


The following table shows information about the affected citizen and his properties:

Affected citizen



Damages resulted due to the demolition

Ahmad Bani Fadil



Metal slaps barrack 60m2

Barrack for sheep 24m2

Chicken coop 6m2

Power cable


About al-Tuwayyel :

The hamlet has around 30000 agricultural and pastoral dunums , of which 8000 dunums are arid area,  15000 dunums are planted with field crops and 7000 dunums are subject to colonial expansion activities. (source: Aqraba village council). 

A big part of the aforementioned lands is classified area B where  the major part is classified as C according to Oslo Accords.  The rest of the lands is where the Israeli colonies of Jitit  ,Ma'ale  Afraym  and Itmar extension are located.

  1. Jitit colony was established in 1973. It has a total  population of 191 by (2005) and a total land area of 1720 dunums. It is only 37km away from the green line of 1949 "the armistice line of 1949".
  2. Ma'ale Afraym colony was established in 1970. It has a total population of 1423 by (2005) and a total land area of 4778 dunums.
  3. Itmar extension was established in 1984. It has a total population of 651 colonists by (2005) and a total land area of 7189 dunums; the colony is 28km away from the armistice line of 1949.

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.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition