Two houses demolished in Al-Halawah – Masafer Yatta / Hebron governorate

Two houses demolished in Al-Halawah – Masafer Yatta / Hebron governorate


  • Violation: Demolition of two residences.
  • Date: 17/06/2019.
  • Location: Al-Halawah – Yatta town / Hebron governorate.
  • Perpetrator: The Israeli occupation forces.
  • Victims: Mohammad and Khalil Abu Aram.


Monday, 17/6/2019 , The Israeli occupation authorities demolished two houses in Abu Al-Halawah , on the pretext of building without licenses.

About 10:00 am, an army force accompanied by two machineries “Volvo” and “JCB” and workers raided the village, the occupation forces encircled the area, and ordered the owners to leave their homes, then carried on the demolition, the targeted houses belong to:

  • Mohammad Abu Aram : The occupation authority demolished a residential room that belongs to Mohammad’s family, which is a room built of bricks and steal sheets , and has an area of (35 m2) built since 2019 , and used by a family of 4 , 2 of them are children.

Mohammad said that the occupation forces demolished the house without receiving any preceding military orders , pointing out that the occupation authorities demolished a  structure he owns in (20/8/2018) , and a human rights institution provided him with an alternative residence, but it was demolished just another time.

  • Khalil Abu ‘Aram: The occupation demolished another family residence , it is a room built of bricks and steal sheets, it has an area of 40 m2 , and built since March 2019 , it was granted by a human rights institution after the occupation authorities demolished a structure he owns in (20/8/2019), affected citizen said that the occupation authorities demolished the house that is used by a family of 7 , 3 of them are children without any preceding military orders.

Noteworthy, the occupation authorities target villages and communities of Masafer Yatta with demolition orders, and tighten the siege on its people in order to push them to leave the area. 

About Al-Halawah: [1]

It is relative to Masafer Yatta area. The hamlet’s structures are made of metals slabs and concrete bricks. Al-Halawah is edged by Al-Tawamin and Al-Mfuqara hamlets from the north, Al-Majaz, Al-Tabban and Al-Fakhit hamlets from the east, Al-Markiz , Jinba and Beir Al-Ghawanmeh hamlets from the west and the apartheid wall from the south.

The hamlet’s built-up area is 12 dunums, on which nine families (120 members) reside. The area accommodates four tents and six barracks in addition to 22 residential caves.

Al-Halawah has 65 agricultural dunums  that are cultivated with barley and wheat.

Kids of the area are obligated to travel 2km to reach their primary school located in the nearby Jinba hamlet where secondary school students have to take a 12km route to reach their school in Yatta town.

Israeli Demolition policies and international law:

The Israeli occupation demolition policies are not and never have been leaded by security purposes or military necessities but came to achieve colonial goals, Specifically, constructing settlements.

The occupation authorities throughout their repressive policies that aim to displace Palestinian people or cram them in small areas seek to take over as much as possible of Palestinian lands. Such measurements are a violation of international conventions and agreements:

  • Article 147 of Geneva fourth convention: extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly. ( it is considered a serious violation of the convention)
  • Article 53 of Geneva fourth conventionthat forbids destroying properties: 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 co-operative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.
  • Article 33 of Geneva fourth convention:No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed.
  • Article 32 of Hague convention 1907 part g:To destroy or seize the enemy’s property, unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war.
  • Article 17 of Universal declaration of human rights 10 –Dec- 1948:No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.



Prepared by

 The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition