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Israeli forces separate 2 Hebron areas with dirt mounds

July 12, 2018 11:46 A.M. (Updated: July 15, 2018 9:59 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces blocked late Wednesday the road between Khirbet Shaab al-Butum and Masafer Yatta south of the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron using dirt mounds.

Locals said that Israeli bulldozers closed the road with three dirt mounds, in an attempt to prevent geographical communication between the residents of the two areas.
Khirbet Shaab al-Butum is among dozens of small communities located in the Masafer Yatta area which falls within Israel's "Firing Zone 918," and inside the occupied West Bank's Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control.
Palestinians are prohibited from entering firing zones without a rarely-granted permission from Israeli authorities.
Masafer Yatta residents were expelled at the time of the establishment of the firing zone in the 1970s and were eventually allowed back following a long court battle, but are under the constant threat of being expelled or seeing their homes demolished.

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