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Another Palestinian village to be ‘emptied’ within months, Israeli media reports

Susiya village in Hebron, West Bank [Mamoun Wazwaz/Apaimages]

A senior Israeli “security official” has told Haaretz that the authorities intend to expel all the residents of Susiya, a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, “within a few months”.

The report comes a day after the Israeli state informed the Supreme Court that Khan al-Ahmar, a Palestinian community in the central West Bank, would be destroyed by mid-2018.

The source told the paper the Israeli government has made it clear that with regards to Susiya, “we’ll do the same thing [as Khan al-Ahmar]”.

“We’re no longer willing to postpone – we’ll ask the court for eviction”.

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Susiya is near to an Israeli settlement of the same name, and has been targeted by settlers and the Israeli authorities for some time. Now, Haaretz reports, “eviction is expected within two months”.

Previously, Israeli occupation authorities have delayed moving forward with the expulsions, due to “the diplomatic sensitivity involved in evicting the residents from the village”.

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