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Israel knocks down agricultural rooms in Salfit-district town, issues demolition orders in Masafer Yatta

SALFIT, Monday, May 23, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces today knocked down three agricultural rooms in Kafr al-Dik town, west of Salfit in the northern West Bank, and issued demolition orders against three other houses in Masafer Yatta area in the south of the West Bank, according to local sources.

In Kafr al-Dik, Israeli forces cordoned off the Kafriya area in the northern part of the town and fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades toward the town residents who attempted to reach their farmland before a bulldozer razed three agricultural rooms, reducing them to rubble.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces ordered the demolition of three houses in al-Juwaya community in Masafer Yatta in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

Coordinator of the Protection and Resilience Committees, Fouad al-Amour, told WAFA that Israeli forces stormed the community and handed three residents orders to demolish their homes.

He added that the soldiers also handed a resident of the nearby community of Ein al-Beida a notice to tear down his agricultural room.

Considered as one of the eastern suburbs of Yatta, al-Juwaya is heavily targeted by the Israeli occupation measures intended to obliterate Palestinian construction expansion.

Masafer Yatta is a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood.

The Israeli High Court ruled on May 4 in favor of demolishing 12 communities in Masafer Yatta and displacing thousands of their residents under the claim of being present in a firing zone area.

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 the 1980s and is accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.

Israeli violations against the area include the demolition of animal barns, homes and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.


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