Israeli Forces Demolish Dwellings near Hebron

HEBRON, June 20, 2011 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Monday demolished dwellings and damaged crops of Palestinians living in Khirbet Bir El Ad, a locale near Yatta village east of Hebron in the West Bank.

Dwellings Committee Coordinator, Othman Jbareen, told WAFA that Israeli soldiers and police along with border guards demolished seven houses and damaged crops with bulldozers in the locale, which is adjacent to Masa Yair Jewish settlement built on Yatta land.

He said that 90 Palestinian sheperds were deported in 1999 then returned by an Israeli supreme court injunction order. However, they are still frequently harassed by the settlers and the army, with the aim of driving them off their land so it can be seized for the nearby settlement.

Jbareen said the Israeli army prevented Palestinians from entering their land in 2001 on the premises of security for Masa Yair settlement, but they returned in 2009 by means of another Israeli court order.

He pointed out that Palestinians are not able to use their wells or enter their lands due to aggressive action by both settlers and the army.

(english.wafa.ps / 20.06.2011)

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