Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Four Bedouin houses destroyed in the Negev

Israeli forces demolished four houses belonging to Bedouin families in southern Israel on Monday, locals said.
Forces demolished the homes of Atef Al-Athamen, who plans to marry soon, and Nayed Abu Ghuneima, a father of six, as well as two others in Khashim Zena village in the Negev region, local residents said.
A statement from the Arab League follow-up committee said Israeli authorities claimed the homes did not have licenses, despite that the Bedouin villages in the area pre-date the establishment of the State of Israel. An Israeli police spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment. 
Israeli forces in the past weeks demolished no less than five consecutive times the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib (picture) in the Negev, each time after the inhabitants had rebuilt (some of) it with the help of Israeli peace activitsts,  also claiming that it has been built without a permit. 

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