Israeli Occupation High Court ruled in favor of the forcible displacement of over 1,300 Palestinians living in twelve villages in the Masafer Yatta area in the south of the occupied city of Hebron.
The court published the ruling on Wednesday overnight, striking down the petition submitted by the Masafer Yatta families, which relies heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood, against a 1981 military order designating the area Firing Zone 918.
The court’s move, which is considered one of the largest expulsions carried out by the Israeli occupation in recent decades, leads to the confiscation of over 35,000 dunam of land to consolidate colonial settlement construction in the region.
The area has been subjected to repeated Israeli occupation violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living – livestock. These violations include the demolition of animal barns, homes, and residential structures.
It should be noted that the area has been designated as a closed Israeli military zone for training since the 1980s and is accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.