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Israeli forces dismantle two tents in Susiya

April 16, 2019 12:12 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2019 10:40 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces dismantled two Palestinian-owned tents, on Tuesday, in the Susiya village south of the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Coordinator of the popular and national committees in southern Hebron, Rateb al-Jbour, reported that Israeli forces raided the village and dismantled one residential tents and another used for housing sheep, belonging to local Radi Hussein al-Nawajaa.

The residential tent housed al-Nawajaa’s 10-member family.

Al-Jbour added that Israel aims, through these attacks, to expel Palestinians from the area in order to expand the illegal Israeli settlement of “Susiya.”

Susiya is considered “illegal” by the Israeli state and has been embroiled in legal battles with the Israeli state for years. The village is located in Area C -- the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, where Israel refuses to permit Palestinian construction.

Rights groups have pointed out that this policy lines up with Israel’s goals of expanding Israeli settlements throughout Area C while depopulating Palestinian villages there.

In the case of Susiya, many of the village’s 200 residents have ties to the land that predate the creation of the state of Israel, and Ottoman-era land documents to prove it. However, the village lies between an Israeli settlement and Israel-controlled archaeological site, making them a target for Israeli demolitions.

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