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Israeli forces detain man and his son during police raid on Bedouin village of al-Araqib

July 21, 2016 6:48 P.M. (Updated: July 24, 2016 5:24 P.M.)
NEGEV (Ma'an) -- The Israeli police Thursday detained a Palestinian and his son from the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Negev region of southern Israel during a raid, according to a local activist.

Salim al-Araqib told Ma’an that Sheikh Sayyah al-Turi and his son Aziz were detained from the village during a police raid on the community, as bulldozers leveled lands and police forces reportedly assaulted residents.

It was the fifth consecutive day police forces have carried out a raid on the village, according to al-Araqib.

A number of children were reported to have fainted after Israeli police assaulted the children and women in the community, al-Araqib said. A few have been taken to the hospital.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment on the case.

Al-Araqib has been demolished at least 100 times by Israeli forces, as the village was designated as an “unrecognized” village by Israeli authorities, alongside 34 other Bedouin villages scattered across the Negev desert.

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), more than half of the approximately 160,000 Negev Bedouins reside in unrecognized villages.

Israel can refuse residents of unrecognized villages access to the national water and electricity grids, health and educational services, and basic infrastructure.

Though Bedouins are citizens of Israel, the villages unrecognized by the government have faced relentless efforts by the Israeli authorities to expel them from their lands in order to make room for Jewish Israeli homes.

As a result, most of al-Araqib’s residents have left over the years to neighboring towns.

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