A group of Israeli settlers yesterday raided two Palestinian buildings in Hebron's Old City, in the south of the occupied West Bank, locking them from the inside, Ma'an news agency reported.
Reporting the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, Quds Press said that the homes in the buildings are owned by Palestinian families Arafa, Al-Hamour, Zaheda and Al-Shurbati.
The two old houses, Ma'an reported the Committee saying, are adjacent to the illegal settlement complex of Avraham Avino in the heart of the Old City.
The committee's General Director Imad Hamdan said: "At a time when the Israeli occupation authorities do not allow Palestinians to maintain the cultural and human legacy in the city through renovation and reconstruction, the settlers raid Palestinian buildings and steal them."
He added: "The settlers break into the Palestinian buildings and close their doors from the inside and start working in them ahead of seizing them."
Meanwhile, he said that the settlers use equipment from the occupation forces, which Hamdan said is an effort "to enable the settlers to reach the Palestinian buildings".
Today, the settlers enter these buildings and leave them again," he said. "We are afraid that they will enter these buildings later on and not leave.
He noted that the Israeli occupation authorities turn a blind eye to the "illegal" activities of settlers.