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Israeli forces destroy tent structure in Susiya

April 24, 2018 3:20 P.M. (Updated: April 29, 2018 4:19 P.M.)
A Palestinian man sits outside his tent in the southern West Bank village of Khirbet Susiya. (AFP/Hazem Bader, File)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces demolished a tent in the Palestinian village of Susiya, located in the South Hebron Hills area of the southern occupied West Bank.

Khader al-Nawajaa, a resident of Susiya, told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village and demolished a tent structure belonging to him.

He added that the Israeli authorities confiscated the tent after the demolition.

Earlier this year, in February, the Israeli High Court gave the government a green light to move forward with the demolition of seven structures housing 42 people, half of them children.

The move came despite widespread condemnation from British MPs and international activists. The latter maintain an almost constant presence in the village to assist villagers in the event of attacks from Israeli settlers or forces.

Susiya is considered “illegal” by the Israeli state and has been embroiled in legal battles with the Israeli state for years. The village is located in Area C -- the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, where Israel refuses to permit Palestinian construction.

Rights groups have pointed out that this policy lines up with Israel’s goals of expanding Israeli settlements throughout Area C while depopulating Palestinian villages there.

In the case of Susiya, many of the village’s 200 residents have ties to the land that predate the creation of the state of Israel, and Ottoman-era land documents to prove it. However, the village lies between an Israeli settlement and Israel-controlled archaeological site, making them a target for Israeli demolitions.

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