Palestine: South Hebron Hills: Wells Destroyed

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The Israeli military gave no reason for destroying the three water cisterns and two wells that supplied drinking water to villagers in the arid and hilly Khashem Ad Daraj/Hathaleen region on 14 December.  Nor did they notify residents directly that they were coming.  They just put the demolition orders under a stone two days earlier.

The sheep and goats – primary sources of food and income for the villagers – were also left with no water supply in an area that receives only 150-250 mm (6-10 inches) of rainfall a year.  

The wells were up to 300 meters deep and over 70 years old, pre-dating the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian Territories.  The Israeli military claims that it does not destroy structures created before 1967.

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