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16 charged over Bedouin riots against Negev forestation work

Bedouin youth during a protest against tree planting by the Jewish National Fund, outside the Bedouin village of al-Atrash in the Negev desert, southern Israel, January 13, 2022 (Jamal Awad/Flash90)
Bedouin youth during a protest against tree planting by the Jewish National Fund, outside the Bedouin village of al-Atrash in the Negev desert, southern Israel, January 13, 2022 (Jamal Awad/Flash90)

State prosecutors file charges against 16 residents of southern Bedouin communities over recent rioting during protests against forestation work in the Negev Desert.

Included among the suspects are three minors, under 17 years old.

The indictments filed at the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court accuse the suspects of disturbing the peace, rock-throwing, burning tires and obstructing a police officer, among other alleged offenses.

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