Israeli Forces Storm School in Southern Hebron

HEBRON, April 28, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli forces stormed Monday Al-Fakhit school and took photographs of it near Masafer Yatta to the south of Hebron, said a local activist.

Israeli forces and ‘civil administration’ officers stormed Al-Fakhit school and took photographs of the school facilities, according to Coordinator of the Anti-wall and Settlement National Resistance Committee Rateb Jabour.

Jabour added that forces broke also into a nearby natural reserve that was recently established by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with Action Against Hunger.

They also broke into a resident’s tent near the Al-Fakhit reserve and verbally notified the resident that he should evacuate his shed.

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 own lands.