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300 settler homes approved in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday approved the “immediate” construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups. “After consultations in the prime minister’s office, the immediate construction of 300 homes in Beit El has been authorized,” a[…]

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Ramaphosa declared properties: presidency

The two Cape Town properties bought by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have been declared to Parliament and the Cabinet, the presidency said. It was responding to a report in City Press which stated Ramaphosa’s new luxury mansion will be built at the foot of Lion’s Head in Cape Town on[…]

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‘Thousands’ of Palestinian homes threatened

“Where will we go,” asks eight-year-old Tiba Qeren, saying goodbye to the family home that, like those of many other Palestinian citizens of Israel, is condemned to demolition for failing to meet planning rules. “I’m afraid,” she tells AFP. “I know that they are going to destroy our home as[…]

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CTown fire spreads, eight homes damaged

Eight homes were damaged and 300 people evacuated as firefighters battle in Muizenberg where a fire broke out over the weekend, Cape Town Disaster Risk Management said on Wednesday. “Since the early hours of this morning eight houses were damaged, three were badly damaged. One in Noordhoek, two in Tokai,[…]

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Israel begins demolishing homes over attacks

Israel has demolished the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly October attack, just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, warned of strict security measures in response to Tuesday’s synagogue killings in Jerusalem. The house demolished on Wednesday in the Silwan neighbourhood near the Old[…]

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Gaza will take years to rebuild

While the recent conflict between Israel and Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza has taken a back seat in the media in the wake of the ceasefire, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza says thousands of Palestinians must now repair their lives. Jabr Weshah of the PCHR in Gaza[…]

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Gazans return to ruined homes as truce holds

Many Palestinians living close to the Israeli border have returned to piles of rubble where their homes once stood, as a fragile five-day ceasefire extension between Hamas and Israel entered its second day. Calm held on Friday morning as the two sides in the Gaza conflict pondered Egyptian-mediated efforts to[…]

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Gazans faces Sisyphean task of reconstruction

With thousands of homes reduced to rubble and its infrastructure in ruins, Gaza’s reconstruction will cost billions and require at least an easing of Israel’s blockade to allow in building materials. Cement will be key among these materials, but its import will be controversial since it has been at the[…]

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71 Pelican Park homes built for Madiba Day

Habit for Humanity SA chose to turn Nelson Mandela Day into Nelson Mandela Week, after mobilising volunteers to spend 40 hours constructing more than 67 homes in the Pelican Park area. The initiative was run in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela foundation, Power Construction, and the City of Cape Town,[…]

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