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Israel demolishes al Araqib village for 211th time

December 26, 2022 at 10:52 am

A view of a demolished house in Al-Luce Village of Bethlehem in Ramallah, West Bank on November 15, 2022 [Hisham K. K. Abu Shaqra/Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli occupation authorities demolished on Sunday al Araqib village in the Naqab desert for the 211th time since 2010 and the 15th time this year.

Israeli forces raided the village and forced the residents of the village out and carried out the demolition and left the families without shelter under extreme downpours of rain.

Every time the village is demolished under the pretext of illegal construction, its Palestinian residents return to the land and rebuild their homes in a clear rejection of the Israeli attempt to expel them from their land where they lived for generations.

Al Araqib is home to about 800 people, living on raising livestock and farming.

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The Naqab desert is home to over 240,000 Palestinians, most of them live in villages and communities not recognised by the Israeli occupation authorities so that they have been deprived of state social services, including electricity and water networks, roads, schools and health centers.

Residents of this village have been living under constant threat of being forcibly removed and relocated and their homes demolished.