Israeli occupation forces notified Palestinians on Sunday, 29 January 2023 of their plan to demolish four Palestinian homes and two agricultural facilities in Masafer Yatta, south of the occupied West Bank.
Local Palestinain media sources reported that Israeli occupation forces invaded the Al-Zweideen community and ordered the demolition of four homes belonging to the Palestinian men Hashem Ibrahim Al-Ataimat, Ibrahim Mufleh Al-Ataimeen, and the two brothers Fayez and Khalil Ramadan Al-Ataimeen.
Israeli occupation also ordered the demolition of two agricultural facilities in the Badia region, east of Yatta belonging to a local Palestinian resident, sources added.
These demolition orders come amid fears that the new far-right Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, which includes racist figures known for their animosity towards Palestinians, could push for more demolitions of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, especially in Masafer Yatta.
On 4 May, the Israeli occupation High Court gave the Israeli occupation forces the green light to demolish and displace over 1,000 Palestinians living in some eight communities in Masafer Yatta in order to turn the area into a military training and a firing zone.
The decision promoted strong local and international condemnation.