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Wave of demolitions in West Bank: Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills, 25 November 2020

As part of Israel’s efforts to take over more land in the West Bank, authorities destroyed on 25 November 2020 the homes of 44 Palestinians (22 of them minors) and cut off entire communit...
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Wave of demolitions in West Bank: Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills, 25 November 2020

As part of Israel’s efforts to take over more land in the West Bank, authorities destroyed on 25 November 2020 the homes of 44 Palestinians (22 of them minors) and cut off entire communities from the water supply. Some of the homes demolished yesterday were still under construction and not yet occupied. These demolitions are the extreme manifestation of Israel’s policy designed to empty entire areas of the West Bank of their Palestinian residents. Other methods routinely used by Israel are conducting military training in residential and farming areas, denying Palestinians access to land, prohibiting construction, preventing connection to basic infrastructure and confiscating property. With a month left before the end of the year, Israel has demolished the homes of more than 900 Palestinians in 2020 (the figure includes the West Bank and East Jerusalem), compared with 677 in all of 2019.

Masafer Yatta (South Hebron Hills)

  • In Khirbet a-Rakeez, the Civil Administration demolished two residential structures housing a family of six, including three children, and an agricultural structure used by another family in the community.
  • In Khirbet a-Sarurah, the Civil Administration demolished an outhouse owned by a member of the community.
  • In Khirbet Khilet a-Dabe’, two residential structures still under construction were demolished. They were meant to house two families numbering a total of 11 people, including seven children. A structure housing a toilet and a kitchen was also demolished.
  • In Maghayir al-‘Abid, two farming structures and an outhouse owned by a local resident were demolished.
  • Civil Administration personnel cut a 2-kilometer water pipe servicing the communities of al-Fakhit, a-Safai, Maghayir al-‘Abid and a-Taban. The water main cost close to 100,000 Euro, and it was donated by humanitarian organizations. The Civil Administration had already destroyed the water main into Masafer Yatta in February of 2019. It has been restored since, but in October this year, the Civil Administration damaged an internal water pipe servicing the communities of Maghayir al-‘Abid and Khirbet al-Majaz.
  • In Khirbet Jinba, a water tank and part of a wire fence were destroyed, and four olive trees were uprooted.

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