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Israel prevents opening of agricultural road in Yatta

April 8, 2019 12:53 P.M. (Updated: April 8, 2019 3:20 P.M.)
(File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces prevented the opening of an agricultural road, on Monday, in western Yatta City in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Coordinator of a local settlement against the Israeli separation wall, Rateb al-Jbour, reported that Israeli forces prevented Palestinians in the al-Amad area in western Yatta from opening an agricultural road, southeast of a nearby illegal settlement, to be used by local farmers.

Al-Jbour pointed out that this is the second time Israel stops work on the road.

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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