israel-demolishes-780-palestinian-homes-in-Area-CThe Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished 780 Palestinian-owned homes in Area C since the beginning of 2016, leaving 1,129 Palestinians homeless, Haaretz Hebrew newspaper reported.

At least 780 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C have been destroyed by Israel since the beginning of the year as of mid-October, compared to a total of 453 structures over the entirety of 2015, according to the paper.

The demolished structures, including residential buildings, tents, and water tanks, were mainly reported in the Jordan Valley and occupied Jerusalem under the pretext of being built without permit.

The Oslo Accords, reached in 1993, divided the West Bank into three administrative divisions: the Areas A, B and C. The distinct areas were given a different status, according to their governance pending a final status accord.

Area A is exclusively administered by the Palestinian Authority, Area B is administered by both the Palestinian Authority and Israel, and Area C, which contains the Israeli settlements, is administered by Israel.

Area C comprises about 60% of the West Bank.