Days of Palestine

Monday, February 6

Israeli occupation demolishes Arab village for 124th time

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With heavy bulldozers, Israeli occupation forces destroyed on Wednesday Palestinian village of Al-Araqib in southern Negev region for 123rd time.

Residents of Al-Araqib village said that the Israeli occupation forces and riot police stormed the village with bulldozers levelled the village’s buildings to the ground.

The village, home to around 220 Palestinians, was first demolished on July 27, 2010. Since then, displaced residents have sought help from local activists to rebuild.

Israeli occupation authorities regularly issue demolition orders in the Negev, arguing that these villages lack building permits, but residents say it is impossible to obtain a permit from the Israeli occuaption authorities.

Al-Araqib is one of some 45 "unrecognised" Bedouin villages in southern Israel that are under existential threat.