Four injured as Israeli forces demolish Palestinian structures
At least four Palestinians have been injured and 26 others left homeless as Israeli military forces demolished several Palestinian houses and residential structures in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
On Sunday, Israeli soldiers and bulldozers rolled into the village of Khirbet Susya and leveled two houses to the ground. The Israeli forces also destroyed a number of structures, including a barn and an outdoor kitchen, in the area.
Jihad Nawajaah, the head of the local council of Susya, said an Israeli bulldozer tore down a two-room brick house, leaving a seven-member family homeless and forcing them to spend the night in the open.
He added that the residents of Susya have been suffering from a “systematic” process of displacement and home demolitions at the hands of Israeli officials.
“In a shocking, cruel, and rare move, Israeli authorities carried out demolitions today in Susya and around Diraat al-Rifaiyya irrespective of the fact that it is the holy month of Ramadan, many are fasting, and the temperatures are soaring,” Israeli rights group Rabbis for Human Rights said in a statement.
The group said that Israeli forces brutally beat up Palestinians and international solidarity activists as the latter stayed inside one of the houses to resist the demolition. Four people were injured. Israeli soldiers also pushed away elderly locals and women.