Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning have demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the occupied Negev for the 90th time.
Activist Salim Al-Araqib said that the Israeli police and special forces surrounded the village and started their demolition process.
The activist added that IOF have also broke into Rahat city in the Negev, and started demolishing other homes too.
The village had been demolished for 90 times now, even after the Israeli Higher Court of Justice ruled that the village does not fall under Israeli occupation authority.
Demolitions, in addition to denial of basic services and access to infrastructure, are part of an ongoing campaign by Israeli planning committees against Bedouin villages in the Negev desert, where roughly 70-90,000 people live.
In May 2013, an Israeli government committee approved a draft bill setting a framework to implement the evacuation of “unrecognized” Bedouin villages in the Negev, most of which existed before the state of Israel.
Both Al-Araqib and Atir are among some 40 Negev villages that Israeli authorities have deemed unrecognized, arguing that the 53,000 Palestinian Bedouins living in them cannot prove land ownership.
Some 100 homes in unrecognized villages have been demolished since the beginning of 2015, while Israeli authorities have issued demolition notices to hundreds of others.