Published: 2017-10-04 14:55
Last Updated: 2017-10-04 16:07
For the 119th time since 2010, Israeli forces demolished on Tuesday the Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Naqab region, according to Ma’an news.
Israeli bulldozers raided the village and demolished its makeshift homes “without any consideration for their residents, and despite of the bad weather conditions,” Aziz al-Turi, a local activist, told Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency.
An Israeli court ordered al-Araqib residents to pay 262,00 shekels ($72,000) for previous demolition costs, in addition to the State’s lawyer’s fees.
There are 35 Bedouin villages in the Naqab region that are “unrecognized” by the Israeli state, with a population of 160,000.
Right groups say that demolishing “unrecognized” Bedouin villages is an Israeli policy aimed at removing Palestinian indigenous populations from the Naqab region, in order to make room for Jewish Israeli communities.
“The demolitions will not frighten us and will not deter us from rebuilding our homes,” al-Turi said.