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Israel destroys homes of Palestinian village in Negev desert for 156th time

Israeli authorities have made hundreds of Bedouin Palestinians homeless after demolishing their village in the Negev region for the 156th time, Palestine’s official WAFA news agency says.

Eyewitnesses said the Israeli authorities demolished on Thursday the crude homes and tore apart tents in the Bedouin village of Araqib in the occupied territories, displacing its residents.

The authorities then dragged the debris and remains of the shelters out of the village. They also plundered chairs, pillows, mattresses and other belongings and pieces of furniture from the villagers.

Just like the previous times, Israeli forces, equipped with demolishing machinery, stormed the impoverished village and forcibly removed the residents from their homes before wreaking havoc on everything.

Al-Araqib is one of several Bedouin villages in the Negev desert, which are “unrecognized” by the Israeli regime.

Araqib, with about 220 residents, was demolished for the first time on July 27, 2010, but the village has since been rebuilt dozens of times by its residents and activists.

The United Nations says the “vast majority” of the Palestinian structures are destroyed or seized because Israeli policies make it virtually impossible for Palestinians to obtain building permits.

Demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures by Israeli authorities have raised alarm among diplomats and human rights groups over what they regard as Tel Aviv’s continued violation of international law.

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