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Israeli forces destroy tents, wells near Hebron

Aug. 28, 2012 4:14 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 10:11 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished five wells and several tents in villages south of Hebron, residents said.

Forces bulldozed five wells and tents in Zanuta belonging to Odeh Abu Sharekh, Ideis Abu Sharekh, Nabil Samamreh and Mohammad Samamreh, locals said, adding that soldiers beat up residents who protested the demolition.

In Susiya, troops demolished two tents belonging to Mohammad Mousa Abu Ghanam, a father of 10, villager Nasser Nawaja said, adding that the family would be forced to sleep outdoors following the demolition of their shelters.

It was the second time Israeli forces demolished Abu Ghanam's tents, Nawaja said, adding that he had rebuilt them after they were destroyed a month ago.

Meanwhile, soldiers handed out evacuation orders to residents of Tabban and al-Majaz hamlets, and ordered villagers in Tabban to take down their solar energy panels.

The Israeli army's administrative arm COGAT did not immediately respond to inquires.

Israel has designated the area south of Hebron as a closed military zone and asked for Supreme Court approval to evict the Palestinian residents of 12 communities. The Jewish residents of neighboring Israeli settlements in the area are not facing eviction.

The European Union has expressed concerns at the forced transfer of up to 1,800 Palestinians "contrary to Israel's obligations as the Occupying Power," the EU said in a statement in July.

It added: "The designation of the area as a live firing zone would thus reduce further the opportunities for Palestinian communities to live and work in Area C and ... any potential of economic and social development for the Palestinians in this area of the occupied Palestinian territory."

The villages are in Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control.
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