Israeli Civil Administration demolishes residential structures in four communities in Masafer Yatta
Yesterday, 2 May 2018, at 7:30 A.M., two Civil Administration jeeps accompanied by dozens of soldiers and two bulldozers, arrived at four neighboring communities in the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills: Khirbet Jenbah, Khirbet al-Markez, Khirbet al-Halawah and Khirbet al-Fakhit. The forces destroyed six dwellings, five of them currently occupied and one seasonal, leaving at least 26 residents, including eight minors, homeless. The forces also destroyed a storage unit, six livestock pens and three water tanks. In Khirbet al-Markez, the forces confiscated three solar power units that had been installed by Comet-ME, each of which consisting of three solar panels and a battery. The forces arrived at Khirbet al-Markez first and then went on to Khirbet Jenbah, Khirbet al-Halawah and Khirbet al-Fakhit. Upon arrival at each of the communities, the forces declared the site a closed military zone. In Khirbet al-Halawah, clashes developed between some locals and security forces with the former throwing stones and the latter using stun grenades and tear gas. The forces arrested two of the residents.