Israeli bulldozers raze agricultural road south of Hebron

Days of Palestine – Hebron – Israeli occupation vehicles today, Wednesday, razed an agricultural street in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces bulldozed the agricultural road linking Yatta and Khallet al-Daba with Masafer Yatta, in preparation for the confiscation of Palestinian lands in favor of settlement projects.

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The Israeli occupation notified that the street would be leveled about a week ago, to prevent citizens from communicating between the villages.

Coordinator of the Popular Anti-Wall and Settlement Committees in Southern Hebron, Rateb al-Jabour, said that the Israeli forces escorted bulldozers to the area, where the heavy machineries destroyed the road, which was established in 2019 and used to connect the Yatta and Khillet al-Dabe‘ towns to Masafer Yatta.

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He pointed that the move was intended to further fragment the Palestinian communities making up the area as a prelude to seizing their lands in favor of colonial settlement expansion.

Masafer Yatta is a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood.

Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living – livestock.

It has been designated as a closed Israeli military zone for training since the 1980s and accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.

Israeli violations against the area include the demolition of animal barns, homes, and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.

(Source / 09.06.2021)

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