Israeli authorities have demolished a Bedouin village in the Negev region in the country’s south for the 90th time since 2010. Accompanied by heavily armed police officers, officials showed up in Araqib on Wednesday morning and bulldozers rolled through the remaining homes, according to local media. Araqib is one of more than 40 “unrecognised” villages scattered across the Negev region.
An estimated 80,000who carry Israeli citizenship live in the communities, which are often denied state services, including water, electricity, rubbish pick-up and education facilities, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
The Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights estimates that 22 families made up of 110 people live in Araqib. The villagers return and rebuild after each demolition.
“Israel plans on putting a forest in the place of their homes,” Majd Kayyal, Adalah’s media coordinator, told Al Jazeera. Israel claims the villagers’ homes were built without permits, while locals say they were placed on the land after being displaced from their original villages during Israel’s establishment in 1948.