Firing Zone 918

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Mahmod Ahmad Issa and his male family members eat Iftar meal during Ramadan in his cave in Jenba a Palestinian town of 50 families seats in an area called by the IDF as “Firing Zone 918” and is located in the southern Hebron hills near the town of Yatta.  Spread over 30,000 dunams, it includes twelve Palestinian villages.  According to OCHA figures, 1,622 people lived in the area in 2010, and according to local residents the number of inhabitants currently stands at about 1,800. For over a decade, the residents of twelve uniquely traditional Palestinian villages in the area of Masafer-Yatta in the south Hebron hills have lived under the constant threat of demolition, evacuation, and dispossession.<br />
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The State's insistence on evacuation of Firing Zone 918 in part or in whole, if acceptance by the HCJ, might result in an immediate humanitarian disaster for almost two thousand souls, the destruction of villages, and the eradication of a remarkable way of life that has endured for centuries.