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Israeli forces seal house on Hebron's Shuhada Street

Feb. 8, 2017 12:09 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 8, 2017 10:01 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces sealed a Palestinian home in the Old City of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning.

The home, located on Shuhada street, belongs to Izzat Yassin Abu Munshar.

Israeli forces put up a sign on the entrance of the house reading" “house under security,” and barred entry to the residents.

A resident of the street, Mufid al-Sharabati, said that residents were afraid that sealing the house could mark the beginning of a process to hand over the house to Israeli settlers living among Hebron's Palestinian community in contravention of international law.

He added that the Hebron rehabilitation committee attempted to repair the house two years ago, but settlers objected and prevented them from doing so.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Mistreatment of Palestinians in the Hebron area has been common since the city was divided in 1997 under the Oslo agreements.

The majority of the city was placed under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, while the Old City and surrounding areas were placed under Israeli military control, known as H2.

The area is home to 30,000 Palestinians and around 800 Israeli settlers who live under the protection of Israeli forces. Hebron residents frequently report attacks and harassment by the settlers, carried out in the presence of the forces.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed into law the contested outpost “Regularization bill” in a late night vote Monday, granting official Israeli governmental recognition to more than a dozen illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank established on private Palestinian lands, which was denounced as a "war crime" and an act of colonization.

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