The Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) stationed in the southern West Bank city of Hebron reported on Friday that the Israeli army blocked the road between At-Tuwani and Yatta, near the city, as a military bulldozer massed a six-foot-high mound spanning the width of the road using concrete slabs, boulders and earth
The CPT reported that this blockade, once again, caused the villagers to be cut off from the main supplies such as water, firewood, and animal feed as this road provides the primary vehicle access to Yatta, which serves as the region’s economic hub, with critical services such as hospitals and secondary schools.
The CPT added that this new mound is not only obstructing vehicle access but also bars the residents from crossing it by foot and even while riding horses of donkeys.
Also, the CPT added that the road between Yatta and At Tuwani is the main entrance for water supplies to the Southern Hebron Hills, as the area is currently experiencing a severe drought.
Palestinian residents of the area said that the Israeli roadblocks have doubled the price of water reaching them.
Meanwhile, a worker with the UN said that this roadblock will increase the cost of transporting essential water supplies to the area by 30%.