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  • A Palestinian Bedouin boy holds a Palestinian flag during a protest against Jewish settlements in Susya village south of the West Bank city of Hebron June 5, 2015.

    A Palestinian Bedouin boy holds a Palestinian flag during a protest against Jewish settlements in Susya village south of the West Bank city of Hebron June 5, 2015. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 February 2018

Israeli forces used a helicopter to demolish two classes in the facility, locals said.

Children of the Bedouin community in the occupied West Bank region on Sunday held Palestinian flags on the ruins of the only school the community had, which was destroyed by the Israeli Defense Force, IDF.

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The IDF destroyed the educational facility in Abu al-Nawwar located in the east Jerusalem, saying it was built "illegally" and "without the necessary permits." The move was approved by Israel's Supreme Court.

Israeli forces used a helicopter to demolish two classes in the facility, locals said, according to the local journal Daily Sabah. 

Before the EU-funded building was constructed, children in the area would have to cross a highway to reach the town of Al-Azariya, located 3.2 kilometers away. 

Diplomats in the region have also condemned the move. 

Shadi Othman, head of media in the EU office in Jerusalem, said his organization "demanded from Israel more than once not to demolish projects the European Union funds and which aim to improve the living conditions of the Palestinians," Reuters reported. 

Palestinian officials also told Reuters that the building was demolished for the fifth time since 2016. 

Israel has made several attempts to demolish structures in the Abu al-Nawwar community catering to nearly 700 Bedouin people in order to make way for its massive illegal E1 settlement project in East Jerusalem.


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