‘Israeli’ Occupation Forces Palestinian Landlords to Evacuate Their Property in Bethlehem
By Staff, Agencies
‘Israeli’ occupation authorities forced Palestinian landowners to evacuate their property in the town of Tuqu’ in Bethlehem, the occupied West Bank.
Mayor of Tuqu, Tayseer Abu-Mefreh, told WAFA news agency that Mohammad Sawarka and Khalil al-Shaer were notified by the Zionist occupation authorities on Wednesday that they must “evacuate” their land in Tuqu, east of Bethlehem City, and remove all the cattle corrals there within 14 days.
‘Israeli’ occupation forces also seized agricultural equipment from the area.
According to the mayor, Palestinian livestock keepers in Tuqu have been targeted by the Zionist authorities that aim to expel them from their land to pave the way for the expansion of settlements.
More than 600,000 Zionists occupy over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 ‘Israeli’ occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
Relatively, the Zionist occupation regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East al-Quds and violent ‘Israeli’ raids on worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque prompted Palestinian retaliation that was followed by a brutal ‘Israeli’ bombing campaign against the besieged Gaza Strip on May 10. About 260 Palestinians were martyred in the 11-day ‘Israeli’ offensive.
Also on Wednesday, the Zionist occupation forces demolished Palestinian-owned structures to the east of Yatta City, south of the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil.
According to WAFA, ‘Israeli’ bulldozers destroyed a rainwater harvesting well in the area of Khallet al-Dabe, east of Yatta, under the pretext that it is built in the area C, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the occupied West Bank.
‘Israeli’ forces also demolished an agricultural facility in the area of al-Fakhit as well as three residential structures.