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Israel demolishes housing structures in Masafer Yatta

March 7, 2019 1:40 P.M. (Updated: March 7, 2019 3:35 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished several housing structures in Masafer Yatta in southern Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, on Thursday noon.

Locals told a Ma'an reporter that Israeli forces raided several areas in Masafer Yatta and demolished two housing structures belonging to Ismail al-Adra and Issa Abu Arram.

Israeli forces also confiscated several tents belonging to Palestinian in the area, leaving several families homeless.

Around 3,000 Israeli settlers live in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Yatta region, according to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.

The South Hebron Hills, known locally as Masafer Yatta, lie almost entirely in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Masafer Yatta residents were expelled at the time of the establishment of a 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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