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Operation Dove: Two Palestinian Girls Arrested During Home Demolitions

12:00 Nov 24 2011 Umm Fagarah, At-Tuwani, and Susiya

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HEBRON, November 24, 2011 (WAFA)- Israeli army broke into the village of Umm Fagarah demolishing several huts and detaining two girls in the village of At-Tuwani, southeast of Hebron, said a press release by Operation Dove Thursday.

It said two bulldozers arrived in the village, escorted by five military vehicles, and 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 what was going on, the two girls were 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 the Israeli army demolished a house and a barn.

The villages of Umm Fagarah and Susiya are in 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.

Furthermore, the Palestinians living in this area are under military law with limited right. On November 22, 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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