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Israel takes measures of Palestinian land in Bethlehem

July 24, 2018 12:47 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2018 2:23 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities conducted a land survey in a Palestinian land, belonging to the Sbeih family, in the Harmala village in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem on Tuesday.

Owner and local resident, Nasri Sbeih, said that both the family was surprised by the arrival of a group of surveyors and engineers under armed protection by Israeli forces to his land conducting surveys and taking measures of the land.

Sbeih pointed out that the total space of the Palestinian-owned land is about 10 acres, adding that he was not notified of the reasons behind the survey.

He added that locals attempts to prevent Israeli engineers from conducting the survey However, Israeli forces opened fire at them in response.

Local sources told Ma'an that the Israeli authorities conduct land surveys, in order to prepare for the confiscation of more lands to build a new settlement outposts, which is another step towards cutting the occupied West Bank into two.

While members of the international community rested the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the discontinuation of illegal Israeli settlements and the establishment of a two-state solution, Israeli leaders have instead shifted farther to the right as many Knesset members have called for an escalation of settlement building in the occupied West Bank, and with some having advocated for its complete annexation.

A number of Palestinian activists have criticized the two-state solution as unsustainable and unlikely to bring durable peace, proposing instead a bi-national state with equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians.

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