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Israel razes agricultural room in southern West Bank

Israel razes agricultural room in southern West Bank

HEBRON, Monday, November 28, 2022 (WAFA) – The Israeli occupation authorities today razed an agricultural room in Khirbet Khallet al-Furun locality, a part of Birin village, east of Hebron, according to a local source.

Rateb Jbour, a local anti-colonial-settlement activist, said that the soldiers escorted a bulldozer to the locality, where the heavy machinery tore down an agricultural room belonging to Ghandi Gheith, who has title deed testifying to his ownership of the plot of land on which the room was constructed.

He added that the Israeli measures against the locality, including demolitions, are intended to to dislocate the local population in order to make way for colonial settlement construction.

According to the Land Research Center, Israel has frequently issued military stop-construction and demolition orders against various residential and agricultural structures and dismantled barns in the locality, citing the lack of rarely-issued construction permits as a pretext.

In December 2017, Israel delivered stop-construction orders to the locality’s sole clinic and building intended to serve as a primary school for the community’s 60 children

In June 2019, as showed in a PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department’s report, Israel seized 4,800 dunams of land from several localities, including Birin, for the expansion of Bani Haiver.

Located to the southwest of Bani Na‘im, Birin has a population of 160 and is flanked by Bani Haiver colonial settlement from the east and the settler-only bypass Road No. 60 from the west. Its residents were originally expelled from Naqab in southern Israel and now depend on agriculture and livestock as their main source of livelihood.


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