Israeli forces demolish Palestinian homes in South Hebron Hills

HEBRON, Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes, on Wednesday noon, in the South Hebron Hills in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Fouad al-Umour, coordinator of a local popular committee in the South Hebron Hills, reported that Israeli forces demolished a residential room in the Umm Tuba village belonging to local Issa Awad, and confiscated a water tank and solar panels.

Israeli forces also detained local Awad Ibrahim Ali Awad, 22, from the village.

Al-Umour said that Israeli forces also demolished a house belonging to Ali Muhammad Abu Arram in the Halaweh village.

The South Hebron Hills, known locally as Masafer Yatta, lie almost entirely in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Israeli authorities seek to displace Masafer Yatta residents, in order to seize their lands, as part of an Israeli settlement expansion plan in the West Bank.

Around 3,000 Israeli settlers live in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Yatta region, according to the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ).

Masafer Yatta residents were expelled at the time of the establishment of a firing zone in the 1970s and were eventually allowed back following a long court battle, but are under the constant threat of being expelled or seeing their homes demolished.

Source: Ma’an News Agency