Israel army destroys tents, wells - reports

2011-02-22 19:00

Hebron - Israeli troops on Tuesday destroyed several tents and two wells, including one from the Roman-era, near the West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian witnesses told AFP.

The Israeli civil administration in the West Bank could not immediately be reached for comment on the report.

Witnesses said troops demolished about 12 tents and two wells near the village of Sussiya, which is adjacent to an Israeli settlement of the same name.

Azmi Shiyuki, a village official, told AFP one of the wells dated back to the Roman era.

On February 1, the United Nations Organisation for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs condemned Israeli demolition of cisterns and wells.

"It is difficult to understand the reasoning behind the destruction of basic rain water collection systems, some of them very old, which serve marginalised rural and herder Palestinian communities where water is already scarce and where drought is an ever-present threat," said Maxwell Gaylard, the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.

"Such deliberate demolitions in occupied territory are also in contravention of Israel's obligations under international law," he said.

  • ? - 2011-02-22 19:29

    And then they wonder why Palestinians want to blow them up

      james4usa - 2011-02-22 21:03

      El Qaida is also blowing us up due to Israel's barbarity and our support for Israel.

  • Zaheer - 2011-02-22 19:44

    Any man, women or child who's human dignity is not respected and treated worst than a caged animal in terms of how the palestinians are treated by the oppressive Zionist will behave in a "barbaric" manner to survive. What other hope must they have?

      ? - 2011-02-22 19:48

      Agreed,and its what the Israelis want: to potray palestinians as barbaric and potray themselves as civilised.

      NodrogBob - 2011-02-23 14:26

      I think you are miss informed. The land belongs to the Jew given to them by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. VIVA ISRAEL!!!!

  • gargmelsmurfeater - 2011-02-22 20:14

    Go Israel, I've got your back!!

  • swessels1 - 2011-02-22 20:24

    The end times is here.

  • arnoyoung - 2011-02-22 21:27

    I seriously doubt this is the whole truth. News24 is affiliated with aljazeera and if you follow news you'll know that they are pushing their own agenda. "Sheik Dr. Yussuf al Qardawi is the chairman of the World Union of Clerics and the ideological mentor of al Jazeera TV. He is based in Qatar and is recognized as the main inspirer of the Muslim Brotherhoods worldwide." So really, the Israelis just thought 'hey, we're bored, lets go demolish some tents'. Get real.

      ? - 2011-02-22 21:56

      Are you therefore saying that CNN and is more credible than al jazeera? HAHA

      arnoyoung - 2011-02-22 22:10

      Good point '-'. I agree with you that both are biased. And therefore my point remains valid i.e. this is calculated incitement.

  • Aryan - 2011-02-23 06:59

    Very onesided article, bad journalism and a cheap shot at Isreal. Looking forward to getting the full story. Dont believe everything U read...

  • Jaimo - 2011-02-23 07:32

    Oh please - stop your Israel bashing! More and more people can see through your your jihad propaganda and phychological warfare against Israel. If Israel want to move shabby tents to make way for decent development - - stop trying to stir trouble! VIVA ISRAEL!

  • NodrogBob - 2011-02-23 14:24

    Go you good thing Israel, take down them shabby tents and replace them with something better for your nation, who was given the title deed for the land by God Almighty. If you friends of the Palestinians are so concerned for them having a piece of land for themselves, then why don't you ask their brotherhood and Arab neighbors to give some of the vast amount of lands that they already possess?

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