On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) again demolished the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the southern Negev region for the 202nd time.
Consequently, dozens of Bedouin citizens, including children, have become homeless again and will suffer from the harsh weather conditions of the desert for a while before they could have new makeshift homes again.
Al-Araqib residents live in a constant state of fear because they expect the demolition of their village at any moment after they manage to rebuild their homes again.
About 22 families made up of 110 people live in Al-Araqib. The demolition was the 8th since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
The village was first destroyed in 2010 and rebuilt after every demolition since then. Israeli authorities claim that the site where it is located falls under “state land.”
The demolition of Al-Araqib and other villages in the Negev is believed to be a systematic Israeli policy aimed at expelling the native population from the Negev and transferring them to government-zoned areas to pave the way to expand and build settlements for Jewish communities.