Masafer Yatta (The Inside Palestine)- Israeli occupation forces earlier today destroyed water supply lines in Masafer Yatta in the south of the occupied West Bank.
Coordinator of the anti-wall and anti-settlements popular committees, Rateb Jabour, said that a group of Israeli forces earlier today raided the Masafer Yatta area and started destroying water pipelines that serve the community using bulldozers, as a part of Israel’s routine harassment of Palestinian communities and in its bid to expel them from the area and from their homes.
Jabour said that the occupation forces prevented Palestinians from entering the area and arrested three Palestinian residents.
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.
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.