HEBRON, Monday, January 03, 2022 (WAFA) – A group of Israeli settlers today demolished a part of an agricultural structure in the area of MasaferYatta, south of Hebron, according to local sources.
Fouad al-Amour, an activist, told WAFA that settlers sabotaged and tore down the structure, which belong to Jameel al-Amour, a farmer, in the area of Khallet al-Dabe’, one of the hamlets making up Masafer Yatta.
He added that the settlers attempted to prevent livestock herders from grazing their stock, but they were fought back and kicked out of the area.
Settlers violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Settler violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
Over 700,000 settlers live in Jewish-only colonial settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.
Masafer Yatta is a collection of almost 19 hamlets which rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood.
Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living - livestock.
It has been designated as a closed Israeli military zone for training since 1980s and accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.
Israeli violations against the area include demolition of animal barns, homes and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.