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Israel to seclude al-Arroub refugee camp, Beit Ummar town

April 10, 2019 2:27 P.M. (Updated: April 13, 2019 10:23 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities issued a military order to confiscate 401 dunams of Palestinian lands in the al-Arroub refugee camp, Beit Ummar and Halhul towns in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

The confiscation reportedly comes for the opening of a settlement road that would go from the illegal Etzion settlement in northern Hebron until Halhul town, which would confiscate more than 1273 dunams.

The Israeli authorities claimed that the road would be of public advantage regarding the security of both Palestinians and Israeli settlers. However, Palestinians say that the road would isolate the al-Arroub refugee camp, the Beit Umar town and big parts of Halhul.

Locals were allowed some 50 days to appeal against the plan.

According to reports, Israel aims to connect Jerusalem with the illegal Israeli settlements of Kiryat Arba and the Karmei Tzur, and eventually ban Palestinians from using the road.

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