A final demolition order on a residence in the Hebron town of Yatta

A final demolition order on a residence in the Hebron town of Yatta


  • Violation: serving a final demolition order on a house
  • Location:  Al-Deirat village-Yatta
  • Date: April 04, 2017
  • Perpetrators:  Israel Civil Administration and army
  • Victims:  Citizen Mahmoud Al-Adra


The Israeli occupation authorities on April 04, 2017 served a final demolition order on the residence of citizen Mahmoud Al-Adra from Al-Deirat village, east Yatta town. It should be marked that Israel Civil Administration raided the area and hanged the order on the structure before the force had left the place.

Photo 1: the demolition order number 503785

The military order mentioned that the house lacks a building permit and compelled a halt on all of the construction works and the demolition of what has been so far built within a seven day deadline, starting from the order’s date of issuance.

The Israeli occupation authorities on October 09, 2016 served a stop-work and construction order on Mahmoud's house. October 31, 2016 was set as the hearing session for the Planning and Construction Committee in the Israeli court of Beit El to consider whether to demolish the structure or restore its previous status.

Photo 2: view of the targeted house

Photo 3: the stop-work order

The owner of the house embarked on preparing the needed legal file to obtain a license and object to the order. Despite all effort invested, Israel issued the final demolition order on the house.

It should be noted that the targeted house (130m2) is still under construction and is planned to be a home for Mahmoud’s four member family including two children.

About Al-Deirat :

Al-Deirat village is located to the east of Yatta town and is about 6km away from it. The village is considered agricultural and is inhabited by 700 people;  a village council runs the affairs of al-Deirat the fact that there is no headquarter for the council itself.

A number of families reside in the village namely : (al-Hamamdah, Musa'fieh , al-Adra); al-Deirat is split by the bypass road no. 60, which links all Israeli colonies in the north with those in the south.

The village is edged by Arab al-Ka'abna and al-Karmel colony from the east, Yatta town from the west, Khirbet al-Bwaib from the north and Ma'on colony and Um Lisfa village from the south .Residents of the area aspire to obtain a master-plan for the village that includes their houses  in order to protect them from Israeli orders of stop-work and demolition.

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

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.”




Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Military Orders