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Palestinian family left homeless after demolition in Yatta

May 1, 2019 1:43 P.M. (Updated: May 3, 2019 1:03 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian-owned home, on Wednesday, east of Masafer Yatta, south of the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Rateb al-Jbour, coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in southern Hebron, said that dozens of Israeli forces stormed the Yatta area and surrounded one of the homes, belonging to Jibril Mahmoud al-Adra.

Al-Jbour added that prior to the demolition, Israeli forces sealed off the area, preventing Yatta residents from reaching the home, and violently evacuated the al-Adra family, leaving them homeless.

The reason for the demolition remained unknown.

Recently, demolition campaigns have increased in the area, in attempt to depopulate the land of its Palestinian residents and to replace them with illegal Israeli settlements.

Around 3,000 Israeli settlers live in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Yatta region, according to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.

The South Hebron Hills, known locally as Masafer Yatta, lie almost entirely in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Masafer Yatta residents were expelled at the time of the establishment of a firing zone in the 1970s and were eventually allowed back following a long court battle, but are under the constant threat of being expelled or seeing their homes demolished.

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