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U.S. warns against Israeli demolition of Palestinian village of Sussiya

JERUSALEM/PNN/The U.S. warned Israel against the pending demolition of the Palestinian village of Sussiya after officials popped in the area on Wednesday. “If the Israeli government proceeds with demolitions it would be very troubling,”

State Department Press Office director Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday. “We remain concerned about the increased demolition of Palestinian structures in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which reportedly have left dozens of Palestinians homeless, including children,” she said.

“More than 650 Palestinian structures have been demolished this year, with more Palestinian structures demolished in the West Bank and east Jerusalem thus far than in all of 2015,” she added. Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Occupied Jerusalem visited the village, a home to over 48 Palestinian families.

South Hebron Regional Council head Yochai Damri said he was “outraged” with U.S. interference with regard to Sussiya’s projected demolition.

“We’re talking about a criminal clan from Yatta that has taken over the land and has built illegally,” Damri claimed as he called for tearing down the village. “It’s unacceptable that the U.S. government would interfere on legal matters,” said Damri.

“We’re talking about an attempt to prejudice the court in a foreign country.” Located in the Israeli-controlled Area C, Sussiya village has been exploited by the Israeli occupation authorities for illegal settlement construction. In 1983 an illegal settlement outpost named after the village was built on Palestinian lands in the territory.

The period from 1983 onward witnessed an escalation represented in the forced displacement of Palestinian natives from their own and only homes in the village.