Masafer Yatta's Palestinian residents face swift eviction
Human rights organizations and Palestinians in Masafer Yatta claim that the Israeli army has informed Palestinian authorities of its impending plans to evict more than 1,000 Palestinians, including some 500 children, from the southern occupied West Bank.
In May 2022, the Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) approved the plan, putting an end to the residents' more than 20-year legal fight to prevent their eviction.
Masafer Yatta's Palestinian residents in the occupied West Bank have been informed that their displacement is impending.
After learning of the intentions on Monday, the locals claim they fully anticipate being evicted and having their homes demolished at any time.
"They might appear suddenly, isolate each community, and then move its residents one at a time, or they might carry out mass relocation all at once. We are unsure. The Masafer Yatta Village Council's Nidal Younis said
Younis stated, "In the recent era, especially following the court judgment, they paralyzed people's movement in this area. He continued, "There are villages with checkpoints at their entrances, and only locals are permitted to enter and go," claiming that the army has previously detained locals for up to 12 hours.
International law considers the forceful transfer of protected residents - referred to as "civilians who find themselves in the hands of a party to the conflict of which they are not natives" - in an occupied area to be a war crime.
Israeli human rights group B'tselem claims that Israel has provided "alternative areas" for Masafer Yatta inhabitants to stay in.
The offer, according to B'tselem, is useless. The group declared that the forcible relocation of protected individuals in occupied territory was a war crime. "The citizens have no choice but to live under this horrific danger."
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