US warns Israel against 'provocative' plan to raze Palestinian village

July 18, 2015 18:55

The United States on Friday warned Israel against following through with a planned demolition of a tiny Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank.

Israeli authorities say that many of the structures in the village of Sussiya were built illegally, but the US State Department on Friday said that razing the buildings would constitute a provocative act."We’re closely following developments in the village of Sussiya in the West Bank, and we strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village," said State Department spokesman John Kirby. "Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes would be harmful and provocative."

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