AT-TUWANI, SOUTH HEBRON HILLS, June 19, 2012 (WAFA) –Israeli authorities delivered on Monday five stop working orders to the Palestinian village of Tuba in the South Hebron Hills, involving two of the three families living in the area, according to a press release by the rights group Operation Dove.
The order gave the residents until July 9 to appeal to the Israeli High Court to change the order before it turns into demolition orders.
The orders concern 20 people and include: three tents and a toilet made of tin, a compound for the sheep and a pavilion belonging to the first family; a house, a tent used as storage and one with concrete floor belonging to the second family.
Two stop working orders have been given to 10 solar panels and an electric turbine donated in 2010 by “Comet-Me”, an Israeli non-governmental organization that supports the economic and social empowerment of local communities through material support and environmental sustainability.
The Palestinian families of Tuba have already been forced to evacuate from a military training zone in 1999.
The village is located in an isolated position: the primary services are in the nearby communities, such as Yatta and At-Tuwani, connected to Tuba by a public road that cannot be used by Palestinians.
The road, in fact, runs through Ma’on settlement and Havat Ma’on outpost and the inhabitants of the area are therefore forced to walk longer and through unsafe secondary streets. Harassment and violent attacks against Palestinians, in particular children, often came from Havat Ma'on.
Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.