Demolition order issued for home of Bedouin girl still hospitalized due to Iran strike

A boy rides a donkey near an Iron Dome air defense battery at an unrecognized by Bedouin village in the southern Negev, on April 14, 2024. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
A boy rides a donkey near an Iron Dome air defense battery at an unrecognized by Bedouin village in the southern Negev, on April 14, 2024. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Israeli authorities have placed a demolition order on the family home of 7-year-old Amina Hassouna, who is still hospitalized in serious condition after shrapnel from an intercepted ballistic missile used in last month’s attack from Iran landed in the Bedouin town of Al-Fura in the southern Negev, Channel 12 reports.

Like many unrecognized Bedouin villages in the area, Al-Fura lacks access to bomb shelters that could have kept the girl safe.

Such villages are regularly served with demolition orders as they were built without permits. However, many have existed on the same plots of land for generations, sometimes after being evicted by Israeli authorities from other areas. Securing building permits for Bedouin communities is nearly impossible and their leadership regularly accuses the state of discriminatory practices and neglect.

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