Israel to destroy 'illegal' Bedouin villages

Plans to destroy 35 villages angers residents who have lived in the Negev for years.

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    Human rights groups have denounced an Israeli government plan to destroy 35 Bedouin villages that it has declared illegal in the Negev desert.

    The move - reportedly planned to enable the building of homes for 10,000 people - threatens the livelihoods of Bedouins who have been living in the area for 60 years.

    Although compensation will be on offer, the government's decision has for the most part angered villagers, who are Israeli citizens.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from the Negev desert.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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