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Israel demolishes Palestinian-owned home in Negev

Sept. 6, 2018 4:43 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 9, 2018 9:53 A.M.)
NEGEV (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian-owned home, on Thursday, in the Bedouin Hura village in the Negev region in southern Israel.

Locals said that Israeli bulldozers and vehicles raided the village and demolished a Palestinian home belonging to local, Muhammad Hussein al-Sayyid.

Sources confirmed that the house is legal and is within the official construction plan.

The Hura village was established in 1989 as a part of a solution offered by Israel to Bedouins in the Negev region who live in unrecognized villages.

The Israeli government has plans to evacuate thousands of Bedouin residents to officially recognized Bedouin townships, one of which is Rahat, in order to build new housing on the evacuated land for non-Bedouin Israeli citizens.

According to Israeli human rights group Adalah, the plan would "result in the destruction of 35 'unrecognized’' Arab Bedouin villages, the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, and the dispossession of their historical lands in the Negev."

Bedouin communities in the Negev have been the target of a heightened demolition campaign in recent weeks, following Israeli leaders publicly expressing their commitment to demolish Palestinian structures lacking difficult to obtain Israeli-issued building permits across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem in response to the Israeli-court sanctioned evacuation of the illegal Amona settler outpost in 2017.

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