Under-Construction House Leveled in Tuqu’ town / Bethlehem governorate

Under-Construction House Leveled in Tuqu’ town / Bethlehem governorate


  • Violation: Demolition of an under-construction house.
  • Location: Khirbet Ad-Deir – Tuqu’ town / Bethlehem Governorate.
  • Date: February 22nd 2021.
  • Perpetrators: The Israeli Occupation Forces.
  • Victims: Citizen Mujahed Salman.


Monday, February 22nd 2021, the Israeli Occupation bulldozers raided Tuqu’ , and demolished an under-construction house belong to citizen Mjahid Salman from Tuqu’ , on the pretext of building without a license.

The Occupation Forces closed off Ad-Deir area in Tuqu’ town, and prohibited citizens from approaching the targeted house, and the occupation bulldozers carried out the demolition. Noteworthy, the occupation under similar pretexts prohibits Palestinian construction in C area.

The Israeli Occupation Prohibits citizens and land owners nearby the main road – that divides the town into two parts from building, expansion, opening new shops and. The Occupation Authorities issue notices against every new structure, in order to protect illegal Israeli colonists as they pass through the main street.

People of the Tuqu’ are constantly targeted by the occupation forces, that also assault school students on they way to and from schools. Despite the fact that the street is part of Tuqu’ municipality administration area, the occupation troops are imposing illegal control on it.

The following table shows more information about the targeted families:

Affected Citizen

Family members

Number of children

Construction area

Assault type

Mujahid Salman



160 m2

Demolition of structure foundations

Photo 1: A bulldozer demolishing house of Salman family

A glimpse on Tuqu’ town: [1]

The town of Tuqu’ is located 5 km to the south east of Bethlehem.  Its population is 8767 according to the latest census of 2017. The total area of ​​the village is 199,634 dunums, of which 1627 dunums are built up area.

About 1570 dunums of the Town’s land have been confiscated for the construction of Jewish colonies as followed:

  • 1,033 dunums were confiscated for “Tekoa” colony, established in 1977, and inhabited now by 1,116 settlers;
  • -93 dunums for  “Mashuki Dragot” settlement, which was established in 1991;
  • 345 dunums for “Nokdim” colony, which was established in 1982, and nowadays inhabited by 646.
  • 99 dunums for the bypass roads No. 356/3157/3670.

The lands of the village are classified according to the Oslo Agreement as followed:

  • Area B (2%) comprising 3,954 donums;
  • Area C (98%) comprising 195,680 dunums of which 46,841 dunums are a nature reserve.



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition