The Israeli army demolishes a mosque in Qalqilya in the West Bank
Jerusalem: The Israeli occupation army on Tuesday demolished a mosque under construction in the northern occupied West Bank, the Wafa news agency reported.
The Palestinian Endowments Ministry said in a statement that Israeli authorities demolished the Al-Samoud Mosque in the Al-Ramadin community near the town of Qalqilya, under the pretext of building without a permit.
Palestinian Awqaf Minister Hatem Al-Bakri condemned the demolition of the mosque in the West Bank, saying it clearly indicates the barbarism that the Israeli incitement machine has achieved towards holy sites in Palestine.
He said this crime is a blatant attack on Muslims and their feelings.
“There are no safe places of worship left in light of the attacks and crimes they are exposed to by the Israeli occupation and its settlers,” Hatem added.
Al-Bakri called on Islamic and international institutions to work to end these attacks, including the attack on the mosque in the West Bank. Al-Ramadin community is located behind the Israeli separation wall in Qalqilya governorate and is inhabited by approximately 400 Palestinians.
The occupation authorities prohibit construction or land reclamation in classified (C) areas without permits, even though obtaining such permits is almost impossible.
The Oslo Accord 2 signed in 1995 classified the lands of the West Bank into 3 areas: (A) which is under full Palestinian control and constitutes about 3% of the area of the West Bank, and area (B) is under Palestinian control civilian control and joint Israeli-Palestinian security control, and Area (C) is under the control of Israeli civil, administrative and security forces, and these constitute approximately 61% of the area of the West Bank.