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Clashes in Sawa unrecognized village

May 26, 2014 10:52 P.M. (Updated: May 28, 2014 9:32 P.M.)
BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) – Young Palestinians were abused by Israeli soldiers and two were detained in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Sawa in Negev on Sunday, residents said.

The clashes began after Israeli authorities placed posters of demolition orders on buildings, they said.

Obaida Hasan al-Khawatra and Othman Muhammed al-Qasasi were detained by Israeli police, who completely blocked off the village.

Salameh al-Qasasi, a resident of the village, said that “they put orders of demolitions on houses of the village and abused one of the young men and the detained him.”

Some 300 out of 1,500 people who live in the unrecognized village demanded in August 2013 that Israel postpone the demolition orders until they are able to find a place to live in the nearby town of Hura.

But the Israeli building and construction authority ordered families in Sawa to leave in 2007 claiming that it was a “military area” and they have been trying to find substitute residences ever since.

However, the negotiations were not enough to find a substitute residence for these families who have been demanding to postpone the demolitions orders of their houses.

Witnesses told Ma’an that the police detained a young man who was filming them and fired tear gas which led to moving several women to hospitals near Hura town.
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