The Israeli occupation demolished on Monday, September 11, 2023, Al-Araqeeb village in the Negev region for the 221st consecutive time, marking a recurring cycle of displacement and destruction that began on July 27, 2010.
The village’s homes, constructed from wood, plastic, and sheet metal, were last demolished on August 15th of the previous year.
This marks the tenth demolition by Israeli authorities in 2023, following 15 demolitions in 2022 and 14 in 2021, all targeting the residents and their homes in Al-Araqeeb, which lacks official recognition and faces ongoing threats of forced displacement.
Al-Araqib is a Palestinian village located to the north of the city of Beersheba in the Al-Naqab desert (southern Palestine). It was established for the first time during Ottoman rule. It is one of 51 villages in the Negev that the occupation government does not recognize.
About 240,000 Palestinians live in the Al-Naqab desert, half of whom live in villages and gatherings, some of which have been in place for hundreds of years.