Araqib Bedouin village in Naqab demolished for the 124th consecutive time

Palestine

Published: 2018-01-24 12:44

Last Updated: 2018-01-24 12:44


Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi, one of Al Araqib village residents in front of his demolished village. (Image from: The Institute for Middle East Understanding)
Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi, one of Al Araqib village residents in front of his demolished village. (Image from: The Institute for Middle East Understanding)
Roya News Source

The Israeli forces broke into the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Naqab desert on Wednesday morning and demolished it for the 124th consecutive time.

Bulldozers and police broke into the village and demolished all homes rebuilt by residents everytime their village is demolished.

While Al-Araqib is one of 35 Bedouin villages considered unrecognized by the Israeli government, it was first demolished by Israeli forces in June 2010.

They used a variety of measures to pressure Bedouins into relocating to government-planned urban centers that disregard their lifestyle and needs, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).

During 2017, demolitions targeting Palestinians with an Israeli citizenship have sharply increased.

An Israeli police raid to evacuate the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran turned deadly in January, and sparked widespread protests of the treatment of Palestinian citizens in Israel, WAFA reported.

Earlier in December 2017, Israeli military sentenced Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi, a 68-year-old Palestinian to 10-months.

The Israeli court accused Sheikh Sayah of rebuilding structures in his Bedouin village, Al-Araqib, after it was demolished by Israeli military forces.