Land Research Center - LRC

A Demolition Notice for Two Houses and a Paved Road in the village of Aqaba, Tubas Governorate

2022-05-02

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Violation: Notices of demolition for two houses and a road.

Location: Aqaba Village - Tubas Governorate.

Date: 02/05/2022.

Perpetrator: the so-called civil administration of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank.

Victims: the people of Aqaba village.

Description:

The village of Aqaba, located to the east of the city of Tubas, is one of the areas witnessing a noticeable escalation in the occupation’s violations against Land and Housing, as all the village’s buildings are threatened with halt- construction or demolition orders issued by the so-called Construction and Organization Committee at the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank.

As a continuation of this hostile policy, the so-called construction inspector of the Israeli Civil Administration stormed on the afternoon of Monday, 2/5/2022, the village of Aqaba, and hanged two demolition notices on the walls of two ready-to-move-in houses located to the west of the village, in addition to a third notice for the demolition of a section of a paved road with a length of about 2 kilometer north of the village, which was paved about a month ago.

The aforementioned facilities were targeted for immediate demolition on the pretext of building without a license  based on the military order No. 1797 of 2018, according to which a period of no more than 96 hours was sat to implement the demolition orders without allowing the owners to submit any objections.

Demolition orders by owner's name, number of family members, area, type of installation and No. of military order:

Owner's name

No. Family members

Area

Type of installation

No. of military order

Photo No.

Male

Female

Children

Ayed Salah Salem Jaber

7

1

1

200

One store house ready to be used

21687

1

Nida' Abdel Basset Salem Jaber

4

4

6

160

One storehouse ready to move in

21688

2

Aqaba Village Council

2 km

A section of a paved road

21689

3

Total

11

5

7

360


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المواطن نداء عبد الباسط جابر افاد ل

Speaking to LRC's field researcher, Mr. Nida' Jaber said the following:

" I have lived in the village of Aqaba since my birth in a tin house in difficult living conditions in winter and summer times. All I saved throughout my life was for the sake of building this house. As soon as the construction has been done, I was surprised by this unjust military order. I immediately appointed a lawyer to object to the demolition decision. If I do not succeed in this endeavor, my loss will be great and I will not be able to stand on my feet again".

On the other hand, the member of the Al-Aqaba  village council, Mr. Salah Jaber, confirmed to the LRC's field researcher the following:

"The target road mainly serves the northern area of the village, and paves the way for facilitating the movement of citizens and the possibility of increasing building and land use by the village citizens. The budget for the road construction was provided by the Islamic Development Bank in Jedda, Saudi Arabia as it serves no less than 150 dunums of the village land".

About Al-Aqaba:

It is located 5 km to the north east of Tubas, Al-Aqaba is surrounded by Ibziq (north), Tayaseer (west) , Al-Malih (east), Yarza hamlet (south).

Al-Aqaba has a population of 168 people in 2017 censes.

Its total area is 5057 dunums with only 40 dunums designated for construction according to the Israeli organizational plan.

There are 50 dunums exploited by colonization.

According to Oslo conventions, all of the villages lands are within C area.