Hebron (The Inside Palestine)- Israeli settlers yesterday attacked Palestinian homes, farmers, and shepherds in Masafer Yatta south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.
Fuad al-‘Amour, a local activists, told WAFA that a group of settlers, under the protection of Israeli occupation forces, attacked Palestinian homes and used live ammunition against the residents inbAt-Tuwani village.
In a separate incident, settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and shepherds while they were tending to their lands and livestock in Khirbet al-Tuba and Maghayir al-Abeed, east of Masafer Yatta area.
However, no injuries were reported.
Masafer Yatta, a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood. It is located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control.
Home demolitions, confiscation of the most basic infrastructure and military training exercises are part of everyday reality in the area, forcing many to live in natural caves, as they vow to stay in Masafer Yatta no matter what the obstacles.
In many Palestinian communities located in Area C of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, Israeli-designated “firing zones” or “closed military zones” are forbidden for Palestinians to live on without permission from the Israeli occupation authorities, which is rarely granted.
These declarations have had a serious humanitarian impact on Palestinian civilians and dramatically reduced the land available to them for residential and livelihood use.
There has been a spike in attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied territories, however, investigations into them have not been carried out.
There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.