HEBRON, September 18, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli forces raided and took photos of Palestinian homes, while settlers performed religious rituals in Ma‘in and Al Karmel villages respectively located to the east and southeast of Yatta to the south of Hebron, said a local activist.
Israeli forces raided Ma‘in, where they forced Palestinian locals out of their homes before they broke into, ransacked and took photos for the homes as well as for the entire area.
Meanwhile, protected by soldiers, dozens of fanatic settlers raided Al- Karmel, where they performed Talmudic rituals at some local archaeological sites.
According to Palestinian Village Profile information, Ma’in is surrounded in three directions by many illegal Israeli settlements and bypass roads. There are three Israeli settlements to the east, two settlements to the south and one to the west, also one bypass road to the east. In addition, two Israeli barriers of sand mounds are set up on the main road of the village.
Since the beginning of the Second Intifada, two houses were demolished and 150 dunums of land have been confiscated from the village.
The Palestinian Village Profile also indicate that Al Karmel has a long history dating back to the Canaanite period. Also, the name of Al Karmil is derived from a Canaanite word, which means “God’s Blessing”, and the village keeps its name until today. The residents of the village are original in the area.
There are two illegal Israeli settlements to the East of the village, “Karmae’l” and Ma’een” settlements. Karmae’l settlement occupies 1,500 dunums and Ma’een settlement occupies 2,000 dunums. In addition, the village is surrounded to the East site by bypass ‘Route 60’ which occupies 80 dunums. The Israeli forces destroyed four housing units and /or institution belonging to the locals.