Israeli Forces Hand Demolition Notices for Dwellings in Southern Hebron

HEBRON, April 29, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday handed demolition notices for an animal barn and a dwelling belonging to Palestinian in Khirber al-Fakhit located near Yatta to the south of Hebron, according to a local activist.

Forces along with ‘civil administration’ officers handed a resident in Masafer al-Sharqeyya (eastern Masafer) notices to demolish his animal barn and residential dwelling that houses him and his family, displacing them, said Coordinator of the Anti-wall and Settlement Popular Committee Ratib Jabour.

Khirbet Al-Fakhit, home to approximately 200 Palestinians living in tents, is one of 12 Palestinian villages that are located in an enclave between al-Tuwani and the internationally-recognized green line.

The Israeli forces have seized thousands of dunums of Palestinian-owned farmlands in the area, which has been declared a closed military zone that is only accessible by tractors through a steep, rutted and dirt road.

Residents are denied basic services, primarily electricity, running water, and they have no shops and medical clinics.

Teachers and students making their way to Al-Fakhit school are frequently stopped, searched and harassed by Israeli soldiers.

Such Israeli measures are intended to displace Palestinians living in rural areas to urban centers, like Yatta, in order to seize their land.