Jul 25, 2021 16:33 UTC
  • Illegal Zionist settlers storm, build new illegal outpost near al-Khalil, West Bank

A large group of illegal Zionist settlers have embarked on reconstructing an already demolished settlement outpost in the West Bank city of al-Khalil as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its land grab policies in the occupied territories.

The Palestinian Information Center, citing a local official, reported on Sunday that the illegal settlers stormed the Birin area of Yatta city in the morning and started to rebuild the illegal settlement outpost there.

The outpost, located near the illegal settlement of Pnei Hever, was earlier demolished by Palestinian residents, Rateb al-Jabour said, warning that the settlers plan to connect the outpost site with the ones in east Yatta.

He further noted that the Palestinian residents stood in the face of concrete mixer trucks as they were heading toward the outpost before Israeli forces stormed the area and declared it a closed military zone.

Also on Sunday, another group of illegal Zionist settlers started to install a fence around the Ein al-Hilweh spring in the occupied northern Jordan Valley, which they seized several months ago.

According to local sources, the settlers prevented Palestinian shepherds from reaching the area to water their cattle.

Recently, the same settlers attacked the shepherds and their cows with stones to prevent them from approaching the spring.

They have also built mobile residential units and a makeshift road around the area and planted trees in nearby lands owned by Palestinians.

Throughout the years, the illegal Zionist entity has frequently demolished Palestinian homes, claiming that the structures have been built without permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain.

The Tel Aviv regime even orders the Palestinian owners to tear down their own homes or pay the demolition costs to the municipality.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says Israeli authorities either demolish or seize Palestinian property in the West Bank and al-Quds, a trend which has led to the displacement of a large number of Palestinians in recent months.

According to the OCHA, Israel has demolished more than 420 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank so far this year.