Today, Wednesday, 11 August 2021, at around 7:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort, a bulldozer and digger to the community of Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’ in Masafer Yatta, an area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished a cistern used by area farmers to irrigate crops.
From there, the forces continued southeast to Khirbet al-Fakhit, where they demolished a livestock enclosure and an agricultural shack. The forces then returned to Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’ and demolished a tin-roofed cement structure that housed a family of 11, including 5 minors.
The forces then continued to the Za’atut area, east of the village of al-Buweib, where they destroyed a cement fence erected by the residents around a farm under construction, as well as a tent used by the workers and two cisterns.
On 23 June 2021, at around 6:00 AM, soldiers came with a bulldozer to the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills, and dug ditches in several parts of a 2 k”m long dirt road that connects Masafer Yatta to the town Yatta and to the surrounding villages. In addition, the security forces destroyed a water line that served around 12 communities in the area, leaving dozens of families without water supply.
On 9 June 2021, the military destroyed roads and a water line that served 15 families in Masafer Yatta.
The military repeatedly blocks roads and destroys water supply infrastructure in this area, as part of the authorities’ routine harassment of Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills, particularly in Masafer Yatta, in its bid to expel them from their homes and from the area in which they reside.
On Wednesday, 9 June 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., soldiers came with a D9 bulldozer to the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces destroyed a 500-meter-long section of road leading to the community of She’b al-Batum, some of which was paved with concrete, as well as a 500-meter-long dirt road leading to Khirbet al-Mufaqarah. They also destroyed a water pipe that serves the community of al-Fakhit, where 15 families live, which the residents later repaired.
The military has blocked the roads leading to She’b al-Batum several times, the last of which was in March 2020, but the residents removed the roadblocks. Blocking roads and destroying pipelines is part of Israel’s routine harassment of Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills, and in Masafer Yatta in particular, in its bid to expel them from the area and from their homes.
Today, Wednesday, 28 October 2020, at around 10:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military jeep and a digger to the Masafer Yatta region of the South Hebron Hills. The forces dug up and destroyed a 1.5 kilometer stretch of piping, thereby cutting off the water supply to the communities of Maghayir al-‘Abid and Khirbet al-Majaz. The forces later continued to the area of Khirbet al-Fakhit, where they unearthed a water pipe but left without destroying it.
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 Tuesday, 11 August 2020, at around 7:00 A.M, Civil Administration personnel came with an escort of Border Police jeeps, a crane truck and a digger to Khirbet Susiya in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished a tent used for agricultural purposes owned by a resident and confiscated a small cement mixer and a cart intended for building a structure. The forces then continued to the area of Masafer Yatta, where they first went to Khirbet al-Mufaqarah. Upon the forces' arrival, the residents dismantled the tent they had erected a week earlier. From there, the forces continued to the community of Maghayir al-‘Abid, where they demolished a tent that served as a livestock pen. Then, they continued south to Khirbet al-Fakhit and demolished a residential tent, leaving seven people, three of them minors, homeless. The tent was donated by the EU after the CA had demolished the same family’s tent two months earlier.
The Civil Administration demolishes five residential shacks in the Jericho area, leaving 23 people, 11 of them minors, homeless
Today, 3 June 2020, around 7:00 A.M., about 15 military jeeps escorted by a crane truck and a bulldozer came to Abu Dahuk community in the Deir Hajla area of Jericho. The forces demolished five residential shacks of an extended family and another structure it used as a kitchen, leaving 23 people, 11 of them minors, homeless. In addition, the forces confiscated three water containers, six solar panels, four air conditioners, two refrigerators and shade sails, belonging to the same family.
The family lived for 30 years at a site, about ten kilometers east of the current one. On 20 January 2020, the military handed the family a stop-work and demolition order and expelled from their previous place of residence on the grounds that it is a closed military zone.
The Civil Administration Demolishes eight residential Structures and an agricultural structure in various communities in the South Hebron Hills
Today, Wednesday, 3 June 2020, around 7:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with an escort of Border Police officers, military jeeps, a bulldozer and a digger to Khirbet al-Mufaqarah in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished a tent that served as a residence for a family of two . Later on, the forces continued east to the Mughayir al-‘Abid community and demolished a tent used for agricultural purposes.
From there, the forces continued south to Khirbet al-Fakhit, where they demolished a tent that served as a residence for seven people, three of them minors. Finally, the forces continued south to Khirbet al-Markez, where they demolished six residential buildings, four of which were tin-covered cinderblock structures and two tents. The six structures housed 35 people, 25 of them minors. The structures were built with financial aid from the European Union.
Today, Tuesday, 3 March 2020, at around 8:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a Border Police escort and two bulldozers to the area of Masafer Yatta, which lies in the South Hebron Hills. The forces used sand mounds, rocks and concrete to block the road connecting the communities of of She'b al-Batem and Khirbet al-Fakhit. The blockage extends travel from Khirbet al-Fakhit to the main road (Road 317) by about 5 km. The road has been blocked before - about six months ago - and local residents removed the blockage.
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.
Today, Thursday, 7 March 2019, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a tractor, accompanied by a military jeep escort and Border Police officers, to Khirbet al-Fakhit in Masafer Yatta, in the South Hebron Hills. The officials confiscated a tent that was home to a family of eight, four of them children, part of the year. They then went east to Khirbet al-Maghaz, where they confiscated another tent that was also the seasonal home of a family of five, two of them children. After that, the force continued east to Khirbet a-Duqeiqah, where they confiscated three tents that were seasonal homes to an extended family of sixteen, four of them children, and a tent that served as a livestock pen.
Israel’s regime of apartheid and occupation is inextricably bound up in human rights violations. B’Tselem strives to end this regime, as that is the only way forward to a future in which human rights, democracy, liberty and equality are ensured to all people, both Palestinian and Israeli, living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.