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Israeli military again blocks access road to community of She’b al-Batem, and destroys water line serving 40 families, South Hebron Hills

On Thursday, 11 March 2021, at around 8:30 A.M., soldiers came with a bulldozer to the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills. The forces piled up boulders and sand piles to block a...
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Israeli military again blocks access road to community of She’b al-Batem, and destroys water line serving 40 families, South Hebron Hills

On Thursday, 11 March 2021, at around 8:30 A.M., soldiers came with a bulldozer to the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills. The forces piled up boulders and sand piles to block access to a dirt road leading from Route 317 to the community of She’b al-Batem. They also destroyed a water supply line that served She’b al-Batem and the nearby community of Qawawis. The two communities are home to 40 families, who were left without a water supply.

The military has blocked the roads leading to She’b al-Batem several times, the last of which was in November 2020, but the residents removed the roadblocks. Blocking roads and destroying water supply lines 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 their homes.

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