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al-`Araqib 178th time

What is affected
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 18 September 2020
Region MENA
Country Palestine/Israel
City al-`Araqib, Naqab

Affected persons (number & composition)

Total 400
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
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Negev Development Authority, Yoav Unit
Brief narrative

Palestine/Israel: al-`Araqib Demolished for 178th Time


Palestine Information Center



18 Sept 2020


AL-ARAQIB, Naqab—The Israeli police and the so-called Negev Development Authority, the Yoav unit, on Thursday demolished the Bedouin al-Araqib village for the 178th time. This village is deprived of recognition in the Negev and is under constant threat of displacement and eviction.


Local official `Aziz al-Turi said that “Israeli authorities are increasing the village inhabitants’ suffering, and continue to demolish their tents and this time as several times before; they left them homeless and will suffer from the hot weather conditions and the Corona pandemic.”


The demolition comes 24 hours before the comprehensive closure imposed by the Israeli government under the pretext of limiting the spread of the coronavirus and in light of the heatwave occurring in the country.


In statements issued in the second half of last month, al-Turi called on the Arab community leaders to intervene to stop the occupation authorities’ continuous provocations despite the hot weather conditions.


The Israeli authorities continue to demolish al-Araqib village since 2000 in their repeated attempts to push the villagers to frustration and despair and displace them from their lands.


Original article


al-’AraqibAl-ʿArāgīb is an unrecognized village* west of Route 40, between Lehavim and Goral Junctions. Until the state began repeated demolitions in the village in 2010, around 400 people lived there.

Israeli authorities are also harassing the people of al-Araqib in several ways, the most recent of which was the conviction and imprisonment of Sheikh Sayyah al-Turi, and the arrest of his two sons, Saif and Aziz, in addition to the activist Salim al-Turi, on several charges under the pretext of unauthorized construction and alleged appropriation of state lands.


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