SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli military demolishes three cisterns and two wells in arid region.
CPTnet 17 December 2010 SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli military demolishes three cisterns and two wells in arid region.
SOUTH HEBRON HILLS â€“ On Tuesday, 14 December 2010, the Israeli military demolished three water cisterns and two wells in the arid and hilly Khashem Ad Daraj/Hathaleen region, about twenty-six km southeast of Hebron/al-Khalil.
The demolitions follow a pattern of destruction of Palestinian property by the Israeli military in the Oslo Accords-defined Area C. The Israeli army failed to deliver demolition orders to the residents of the villages in the area and instead left them under a stone two days earlier for the residents to find.
The demolished cisterns and wells supplied drinking water to the villagers as well as their sheep and goatsâ€”the primary sources of food and income for the villages in the area. The wells were up to 300 meters deep and over seventy years old, pre-dating the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian Territories. The Israeli military claims that it does not destroy structures created before 1967.
The region receives an average yearly rainfall of between 150 â€“ 250 mm.*
*Applied Research Institute â€“ Jerusalem & United Nations World Food
Programme. February 2010 Report.