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Israeli forces demolish Bedouin community wells

Dec. 14, 2010 4:15 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 15, 2010 9:33 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Five wells and several sheds were destroyed by Israeli Civil Administration officials on Tuesday, in a small Bedouin encampment in the south Hebron hills, locals said.

The area, known as Arab Al-Ka'abna, sits between the villages of At-Tuwani and Umm Lasafa, in "Area C," a zone under total Israeli military and civil control.

Area representative Eid Hathalin told Ma’an that five wells were filled in and by noon demolitions of sheds in the area was ongoing. All of the demolitions were carried out, Hathalin said, because the farmers did not have permits to build the wells.

Bedouins living in the area survive by raising livestock, Hathalin explained, adding that with no access to water, the farmers would be forced to take their flocks and produce elsewhere, "making our lands an easy target for settlers," he said.

Herders whose wells were blocked were identified as Sulaiman Salim Al-Faqir, Ramadan Suleiman Ka’abna who had two wells blocked, and one well looked after by Khalil Muhammad Al-Faqir.

Not connected to any other water supply, Hathalin said the wells sustained not only the livestock but also the inhabitants of the area.

Representatives from Israel's Civil Administration could not be reached by phone for comment.
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