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Israeli settlers take over Palestinian home in Hebron City

Sept. 4, 2018 12:15 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 4, 2018 4:59 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers took over a Palestinian home, overnight, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, while escorting-Israeli forces did not intervene.

Local sources said that Israeli settlers stormed the Old City of Hebron and moved furniture into a Palestinian home, that they broke into and immediately took control over.

The Palestinian home belongs to the al-Zaatari family and is located near the Ibrahimi mosque in the Old City of Hebron.

Israeli settlers have previously attempted to take over the same house three months ago, however, they failed at the time.

Located in the center of Hebron -- one of the largest cities in the occupied West Bank -- the Old City was divided into Palestinian and Israeli-controlled areas, known as H1 and H2, following the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre.

Some 6,500 Palestinians and 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers live in the Old City of Hebron, according to a 2016 report by legal rights NGO BADIL.

Palestinian residents of the Old City of Hebron face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 32 permanent and partial checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets.

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