The Islamic Resistance Movement has criticized Israel's demolition of a school and seventeen houses belonging to Palestinians near Yatta in the Hebron region of the occupied West Bank. Hamas said that the destruction which took place on 12th January is intended to force the expulsion of Palestinians from the homes and land.
"We condemn these ongoing crimes of the Zionist occupation authorities," said a Hamas statement, "which include the demolition of homes and schools as part of the Israeli entity's efforts to displace our people from their land and stop them from exercising their right to dignity." The Israelis are, claims Hamas, "clearing the land" to create more space for illegal Jewish settlements.
In denouncing these acts, Hamas called on the people of Palestine to stand firm in the face of the occupation: "We also call on the League of Arab States and human rights organisations to intervene and put pressure on the Zionist occupation to stop its crimes against Palestinians."