Israeli settlers set up illegal caravans on Palestinian village lands near Bethlehem

‘Israeli settlers on Sunday reportedly set up five illegal structures, described by locals as “caravans,” on lands belonging to the village of al-Khader south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.

Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the village, told Ma’an that a group of settlers set up the new caravans in an attempt to expand the existing illegal outpost of Sde Boaz, built in the Wadi al-Ghawit area of al-Khader.

Salah highlighted that Israeli authorities have been building a network of settler roads on the private lands of al-Khader in recent months. Most of the roads, he said, were dirt roads, though some were asphalted. Salah added that the network spanned nearly all the way to the nearby village of Nahhalin.

A spokesperson from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli agency responsible for enforcing the Israeli government’s policies in the West Bank, told Ma’an that “The trailers built in al-Khader are illegal and lacking the necessary permits from the authorities. Enforcement steps will take place against them according to the procedures.”‘

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