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Humanitarian situation in Southern Hebron Hills worsens
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The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a press release that the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Maxwell Gaylard, led a visit of representatives of the international humanitarian community today to Jinba in the southern Hebron Hills.

Almost 1,000 people living in this and seven other nearby communities are at risk of forced displacement due to the designation of the area by the Israeli authorities as a "firing zone" for military training.

Approximately 18 percent of the West Bank has been designated by the Israeli authorities as "firing zones". Most of these are located in Area C, over which Israel retains full control of security and planning.

Some 5,000 Palestinians, mostly Bedouin and herders, live in localities now designated as firing zones and many face serious restrictions on their freedom of movement, on their access to basic services including health and education and are also subject to settler violence and harassment by soldiers.

Since 2010, over 800 Palestinian civilians have been displaced from these areas by demolitions of their homes and property.

Humanitarian organizations have also faced serious difficulties in providing humanitarian assistance to these communities, with relief items confiscated and demolition orders issued against humanitarian donor-funded structures such as the school in Jinba.

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