Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh announced today a number of projects and plans aimed at enhancing the resilience of Palestinian residents in Masafer Yatta in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.
The projects, which cover the fields of health, education, telecommunication, and labor, are also meant to enable the residents of Masafer Yatta to confront the Israeli occupation and settlements, Shtayyeh said during the “Resilience and Challenge” conference, which was held today under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas, in Khirbet Al-Majaz of Masafer Yatta.
Shtayyeh affirmed that there is no peace or stability in the region without the realization of the rights of the Palestinian people, and an end to the occupation’s policy of settlement and displacement practiced against the Masafer Yatta and other Palestinian lands, stressing the support of the Palestinian leadership and government for the steadfastness of the citizens in light of the attack launched by the occupation government, including its continued oppression, killings, displacements, and settlement construction.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the Palestinian government, as part of its plan to enhance the steadfastness of the citizens of Masafer Yatta, worked on preparing a structural plan covering an area of 36,000 dunums, and renewed structural plans to consolidate the steadfastness of the citizens on the ground.
The government has also provided 462 families with health insurance, adding that the government is currently working to provide health insurance for the unemployed, and has provided 350 cash assistance and food parcels to 400 needy families.
According to Shtayyeh, the government also paved roads to serve these communities at a value of 130,000 US dollars, rehabilitated agricultural roads at a value of 160,000 US dollars, and provided seeds to 460 farmers, in addition to restoring wells and distributing fodder, agricultural tools, veterinary medicines, and vaccinations, at a cost of 35,000 US dollars.
The prime minister added that four schools and a kindergarten will be opened soon to support the educational sector. In the energy sector, the Dhaka community will be provided with an electricity network at a cost of 700,000 shekels, and other communities will be provided with solar energy. All schools in Masafer Yatta will be provided with internet services.
In the vocational training sector, the Yatta Vocational Center will be expanded at a cost of 1.4 million shekels, Shtayyeh said.
Israel is planning to destroy at least 12 hamlets in Masafer Yatta and displace more than 1000 of their Palestinian residents after the Israeli High Court gave the army the go-ahead with the demolition earlier this month.