Israel Continues Blockade on El-Araqeep Village for 8 Days

The village has been destroyed 103 times (Photo: ActiveStills.org. file)

The Israeli occupation forces continue their blockade on El-Araqeep village in the Negev, for the eighth day, while continuing to shut down access to it and prevent its inhabitants from staying on their lands.

Sources told Safa News Agency, “The occupation forces, on Sunday morning began chasing after young men from their lands who confront the ongoing destruction of their village.”

Sources confirmed that the Israeli police forces attempted to remove people from the village and lay claim to hundreds of acres, claiming to be carrying out a court order.

It reported that over the past few days the occupation forces have launched a campaign in the village to arrest those resisting its plans, including youths, minors, and elders led by the villager, Sheikh Sayah Turi and his son Aziz.

The Israeli occupation forces have destroyed the village 103 times before, yet the villagers have managed to rebuild it repeatedly.

El- Araqeep is one of 40 villages which Israeli authorities do not recognize and continue to displace its people, forcing them to move to the nearby Segev Shalom housing complex, in order to lay total claim over the area.

(PC, SAFA)

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