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Netanyahu carries out provocative visit to Masafer Yatta in Hebron

HEBRON, Sunday, March 14, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu carried out a provocative visit today evening to the ancient village of Susiya in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu, accompanied by a large number of settlers, stormed the ancient village of Susiya amid tight military measures, according to WAFA reporter.

The Israeli army closed the area, declared it a closed military zone, and closed surrounding military checkpoints to prevent international and local solidarity activists and press crews from reaching the area.

Prior to the visit, the occupation forces attacked a mass march held in Masafer Yatta area in protest of Netanyahu’s anticipated visit.

Forces reportedly attacked hundreds of protesters, representatives of national activities and civil institutions, foreign solidarity activists and peace advocates, with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. No injuries were reported.   

Protesters carried the Palestinian flag and chanted slogans condemning the Israeli occupation and the policy of ethnic cleansing which it carries out against Masafer Yatta residents in favor of settlement projects.

Masafer Yatta, a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood. It is located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control.

The area has been a frequent target of almost daily assaults by the Israeli military and settlers, who wish to empty the area of its indigenous Palestinian population for settlement expansion purposes.

A.D./T.R.

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