- Published on Friday, 04 May 2012 11:57
An abandoned military building in the South Hebron hills has been handed to illegal Israeli settlers by the Israeli Occupying Force.
The building, situated in the Palestinian town of Dura, was previously used by the Israeli Occuping Force as a training school and army reserve in the West Bank, but has lain dormant for two years.
The settlers began remodelling the building which included erecting a concrete fence to enclose the compound preventing anyone from entering.
The settlers have began renovations of the building under the auspices of creating an emergency centre
In 2010, the Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, awarded the settlers, who formed their own South Hebron regional council, to make renovations on the building.
This has created outrage amongst anti-settlement protesters and human rights groups and, according to Israeli media, one activist Dror Etkes stated,
"The ridiculous attempt to disguise the new outpost settlers from the South Hebron Hills are forming at the heart of the West Bank, using fire trucks and ambulances, is another expression of the settlers' success to unequivocally harness the system for their needs,"
The Ministry of Defence defended the decision stating that the new emergency centre will aid Israeli's and Palestinians in emergency situations.