Saturday, 6 September 2014

Israel refuses to allow Palestinians to build on own land near Yatta


HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have refused to allow locals near the village of Yatta to build on lands they own, citing a previous order for "military purposes" despite the fact that the area is still open, a local activist told Ma'an.

Coordinator of the popular and national local committees in the region Rateb al-Jubur told Ma'an that locals had asked to build on privately owned land near the village but on Saturday authorities confirmed the previous confiscation and refused to allow them to do so.

Al-Jubur said that Israeli authorities issued the original confiscation orders in 1997 and accused authorities of attempting to "displace residents."

According to al-Jubur, the lands -- which cover around 500 acres (2,000 dunums) -- are located in the Wadi Ibn Zaid area, close to the village of al-Deirat east of Yatta and to the west of the Israeli settlement of Karmel.

He said the lands are privately owned by the al-Hamamdeh, Abu Aram, al-Naamin, al-Jabbarin, and Muhammad families. more

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