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For 3rd time: Israeli forces dismantle, confiscate tent near Hebron

May 1, 2019 1:58 P.M. (Updated: May 2, 2019 10:17 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian family was left homeless after Israeli forces dismantled a tent in the Palestinian village of Susiya, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, for the third time in a row, on Wednesday afternoon.

Rateb al-Jbour, coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in southern Hebron, told Ma'an that Israeli forces dismantled and confiscated a tent, belonging to local Hussein al-Nawajaa.

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

Al-Jbour called on the international community and human rights organizations to intervene and immediately stop these violations carried out by Israel, in an attempt to force Palestinians out of their lands.

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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