Palestine: South Hebron Hills: Wells Destroyed

 

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.