On Wednesday morning, 17 March 2021, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and a tow truck to Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’ in Masafer Yatta, an area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces dismantled an agricultural tent and confiscated it.
Around the same time, Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort, a digger and two crane trucks to the community of a-Nuwei’mah al-Foqa, north of Jericho. The forces demolished a shack and dismantled and confiscated 10 tents. These structures were the seasonal dwellings of 11 families numbering 66 people in total, 28 of them minors. In addition, the forces confiscated nine plastic water containers, each of them one cubic meter in volume. This was after the Civil Administration had demolished four tents and two shacks that were the seasonal dwellings of six of the families – 28 people in total, 14 of them minors – on 29 December 2020.
At around 12:30 P.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort, two diggers and a crane truck to the village of Khirbet Tana, east of Beit Furik. They demolished four tents that were home to five families, numbering 22 people in total, 9 of them minors. The forces also destroyed five tents that these families used as livestock pens.
On Tuesday, 2 March 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort, a bulldozer, and a digger to the community of Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe' in Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished two structures housing two families numbering a total of 11 people, including seven minors. They also demolished a vacant structure still under construction.
The forces continued to Khirbet a-Rakeez, where they demolished an agricultural structure and an outhouse belonging to a family that lost two homes following demolitions in November 2020. The forces then went to the village of Zif, where they demolished a livestock pen.
On the previous day (Monday, 1 March 2021), at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort, two crane trucks, and a digger to the community of Fasayil a-Tahta in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces dismantled and confiscated two livestock pens, a water tank and an outhouse belonging to families whose homes were also demolished in November 2020.
On Wednesday, 25 November 2020, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military jeep escort, police officers, two bulldozers and a truck crane at the village of Fayasil a-Tahta in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces dismantled and confiscated the foundations of two shacks intended to house an extended family of seven, including two children. The shacks were donated to the family by a humanitarian aid organization after the Civil Administration demolished their homes last September.
Later, the forces demolished two shacks that housed a family of ten, four of them children, as well as a kitchen, a cement outhouse, and two metal-plated tin-roofed shacks that the family used to raise livestock. The forces also destroyed a fence and disconnected the shacks’ electricity grid.
In addition, the forces demolished ten shacks that were used by two families and included a toilet, fodder storage, stables, a chicken coop and tabun ovens. They also destroyed wheat and almond husks that were used as livestock fodder.
At around midday, Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military jeep escort and a crane truck at the community of Tal a-Smadi, northwest of the village of al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley. The forces dismantled and confiscated a shack that was home to a couple, as well as an outhouse and a water container donated to them by a humanitarian aid organization after the forces demolished the same structures on 21 October 2020.
Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills:
The same day, around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with Border Police officers at the community of Khirbet a-Rakeez in the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills and demolished two structures that were home to a family of six, including three children. They also demolished a structure used for agriculture that belonged to another family in the community. The forces continued south to Khirbet a-Sarurah, where they demolished an outhouse owned by a community resident. They then continued further south to the community of Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’, where they demolished two structures under construction intended for two families, numbering 11 people in total, including seven children, and another structure that contained a toilet and a kitchen.
From there, they went to the community of Mughayir al-‘Abid, where they demolished two structures used for agriculture that belonged to a community resident. The forces also cut and destroyed a two-kilometer water line servicing the communities of al-Fakhit, a-Safai, Mughayir al-‘Abid and a-Taban. The water line, donated by humanitarian organizations, cost almost 100,000 EUR to install. The Civil Administration already destroyed Masafer Yatta’s main water supply pipeline in February 2019, but it has since been restored. In October 2020, the Civil Administration destroyed a local pipeline servicing the communities of Mughayir al-‘Abid and Khirbet al-Majaz.
Finally, the forces arrived at the community of Khirbet Jenbah, where they destroyed a plastic water container a community resident placed on his farmland to water his olive grove. In order to make their way to the container, the forces uprooted four olive trees and demolished a wire fence around the plot. Some of the demolished structures were donated to the communities by humanitarian aid organizations.
The same day, Israel demolished a house under construction in a-Lubban a-Gharbiyah, Ramallah District
At around 6:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with soldiers, police officers and a bulldozer at the village of a-Lubban a-Gharbiyah in Ramallah District. The forces demolished the foundation of a structure under construction (a floor and posts) intended for a family of eight, including six children. They also demolished a shack owned by another resident that was used for storage. The demolitions were carried out by power of Military Order 1797.
This morning, 19 October 2020, at around 7:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a Border Police escort, a bulldozer and a digger to the community of Khirbet a-Rakeez in the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills. The forces confiscated a tent that housed a family of five, including three children. The tent was donated to the family by the a-Tuwani village council after Israel demolished their home on 30 September 2020.
From there, the forces continued south to the community of Khirbet al-Fakhit and demolished a tin-roofed cinderblock structure that housed a family of four, including one child. The home was built with international humanitarian aid. Before the forces left, they destroyed a livestock pen and a storage tent owned by the same family.
The forces continued to an area located between Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’ and Khirbet al-Mufaqarah, where they cut a 2.5-kilometer stretch of piping used to supply water to Masafer Yatta communities.
On Thursday 21 November, at around 1:00 P.M. Civil Administration personnel came to Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’, in Masfar Yatta, South Hebron Hills, with a Border Police escort and a bulldozer. The forces demolished a concrete, tin-roofed residential structure that housed a family of 12, including 9 children. The demolition was carried out pursuant to Military Order 1797, which was issued in April 2018 and canceled the façade of judicial review.
On Wednesday, 6 November 2019, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with soldiers, Border Police officers and a crane truck to Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’ in the Msafar Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces dismantled and confiscated three tents used as residences by three families numbering a total of 21 members, including 11 children. The three tents were donated by the ICRC after the Civil Administration demolished the homes of two of the families on 11 September 2019, leaving nine people, including five children, homeless. At around 12:30 they continued northeast, to the Maghayir al-'Abid community in Masafer Yatta and demolished a tent that served as a livestock pen.
On Wednesday, 11 September 2019, at around 8:00 A.M., Israeli Civil Administration personnel arrived with soldiers, Border Police officers, a bulldozer and three diggers at the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills. In Khirbet al-Mufaqarah, the forces demolished three pre-fabricated buildings and a tent that had housed four families, 18 people in all, including eight children. The forces also confiscated a car belonging to the Masafer Yatta Council, claiming it had entered a firing zone. From there the forces proceeded to Khirbet Sarurah where they demolished a utility structure owned by a family from Yatta who farm land in the region. They then continued southwards, to Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’, where they demolished two cinder block and concrete structures used as housing for two families with a total of nine members, including five children. The forces also demolished a water cistern belonging to one of the families.
Some of the forces also went to the community of She’b al-Batem and, for the fifth time this year, dug deep trenches and placed boulders to block access from Route 317 to two roads that serve the community’s residents to get to the town of Yatta. In addition, the forces used trenches and boulders in several locations to block off a dirt road leading from Route 317 to the communities a-Tuwani, Kh. a-Rakeez, Kh. al-Mufaqarah, Kh. Sarurah, Kh. Khilet a-Dabe’, Kh. al-Fakhit and Kh. a-Taban, impacting other communities as well. Demolitions and restrictions of movement are part of a series of abusive measures the authorities have been taking against local residents, in a bid to expel them from the area and their homes.
At about 8:30 this morning, 17 June 2019, Civil Administration officials came with an escort of soldiers, Border Police and two bulldozers to Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe' in the South Hebron Hills. The force demolished a structure made out of cement blocks and a tin roof that was home to a family of 12, including 7 children. The force also demolished the family's power room and confiscated a solar panel. The homeowner, who tried to prevent the demolition, was knocked over by police. The troops then went on to Khirbet al-Halawah. At 11:00 A.M. they demolished another three cement block structures with corrugated metal roofs that were home to three families, leaving 21 people, including 11 children, homeless.
On 11 July 2018, at around 8:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel arrived with a military and Border Police escort, and two trucks, at the Palestinian community of Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe' in the South Hebron Hills. The residents, including a group of children, gathered on the spot and soldiers fired stun grenades at them. Some four hours later, at about 1:00 P.M., the forces confiscated two classrooms that had been placed there several days earlier, on 6 July, with the help of the Palestinian Ministry of Education. The classrooms were meant to supplement the school’s single classroom, which was built a year ago and serves 10 students, ahead of the coming school year. They were supposed to serve another 10 students, who currently have to be driven to school in the neighboring village of a-Tuwani. Shortly after the forces arrived at the community, the residents filed a petition with Israel’s High Court of Justice demanding that the structures not be demolished or removed. Justice Grosskopf issued a temporary order forbidding the state to take any enforcement action until the suit for an interim injunction was decided. The order was issued after the classrooms had already been loaded onto the trucks, but before they had driven away. Nonetheless, the forces refused to unload the classrooms and the trucks drove off. Later, at around 4:00 P.M., Civil Administration personnel came with soldiers and a bulldozer to the area of She’b al-Batem, also in the South Hebron Hills, and demolished an approximately 50-meter long section of a path that the residents paved in early 2017.
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