Press Release: Two Palestinians girls arrested in Umm Fagarah

Two Palestinians girls arrested during home demolitions in the Palestinian village of Umm Fagarah

November 24th, 2011

At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills – On November 24th, Israeli army broke in the village of Umm Fagarah demolishing several huts and detaining two girls.
At 10 am two bulldozers arrived in the village, escorted by five military vehicles. Without showing any demolition order, the army demolished two houses, a mosque, a barn and a structure containing the generator.During the operations, two Palestinian girls were hold by the Border Police. While the inhabitants rushed from neighboring villages to watch the going on, the two girls have been kneeled on the ground by the soldiers. Ignoring the request of the Palestinians to be able to rescue the rabbits, the israeli army tore down the barn injuring and killing the animals. After the demolitions, the army took away the two girls without providing any explanation on the charges.
Similar incidents have taken place in the same day in the village of Susiya, where have been demolished a house and a barn.
The villages of Umm Fagarah and Susiya belong to Area C, under the military and administrative control of Israel. Within this area every construction must be approved by Israeli administration. According to a UN report, building is prohibited on 70% of the West Bank, while within the remaining 30% a series of restrictions are applied which eliminate the possibility to obtain a permit.
Futhermore the Palestinians living in this area are under military law with limited right.
On 22nd November a boy from Umm Fagarah, brother of one of the young women arrested, was taken from his home and temporarily detained for the whole day, without any charges.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

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For further information:
Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773
[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

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