Israel to Remove Seven Structures near Hebron

HEBRON, March 30, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Monday handed notifications to remove seven Palestinian-owned residential structures in the village of Umm el-Kheir, south of Hebron, according to local sources.

Coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Hebron, Rateb Jabour, said an army force broke into the village and handed local residents notifications to remove seven tinplate-made structures, which shelter their families.

The incident took place only a day after the Israeli government asked the High Court of Justice for permission to demolish the ancient Palestinian village of Susia, south of Hebron, and relocate its residents to nearby Yatta.

The Israeli daily Haaretz said the government’s intent was noted in a response to the High Court of Justice regarding a petition filed by Susia’s residents and human rights organizations about a year ago.

Both Umm el-Kheir and Susia are part of Masafer Yatta, a rural congregation which relies heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood. The congregation has been a frequent target for recurrent Israeli assaults.

Issuance of construction permits for Palestinians living in Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control, is strictly limited, forcing Palestinians residing in such areas to embark on construction without obtaining a permit.